Friday, September 30, 2011

Past Life Readings

Through the magick of the tarot and the intuitive ability of the reader, learn about your past life. Who were you? What period of history did you live in? How did you make your living, and how did you relate to the people around you?

By learning about your past life, you add to the experience, knowledge, and wisdom of your present life. You may discover why you're drawn to particular historical times and places; why you experience incidents of dejavu; why you keep attracting a particular type of partner or friend in this life.

For more information, follow this link:

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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn Magick: Flower Power



I was just talking to my girls the other day about flowers and foliage and the seasons. I mentioned that it seems, after that first brilliant 'coming to life' in the spring, there is a hot and lazy period. Everything seems scorched and beaten by the summer sun, wilted and tortured by the elements of the dog days of summer; and then comes autumn, blessed autumn. It's like a second birth, a brilliant blossoming, a breath of cool fresh air that seems to revitalize the world of flora. Everything in the garden throws itself into color and beauty with renewed energy, just in time to begin turning for a glorious autumn show.

Many of the flowers that highlight this time of year are also some of my favorites, and it's these flowers and plants that I'm going to look at from a magickal point of view. What are their connections to the elements? the planets? magickal intentions? How can I use them to work my magick in order to promote positive change?

Acacia: It's gender is masculine (projective), it's planet is the Sun, and it's element Air. Acacia is used for protection and to promote psychic powers. Burn a small amount of the wood with sandalwood before practicing divination. A sprig from this tree kept in the home will ward off evil and protect the inhabitants from negative outside influences.

Allium: It's gender is feminine (receptive), it's planet Venus, and it's element Water. I use allium in spells for feminine empowerment, to heighten intuition and psychism, and to promote feelings of love and well-being. I've used it both in mojo bags and magickal oils.

Alstromeria: White/pink/peach-- the gender is feminine (receptive), the planet Venus, the element Earth; yellow/orange/red-- the gender is still feminine (receptive), but it carries a bit of a punch; the planet is Mars, the element Fire. I use the milder more gentle form to work gentle magicks, the more robust colors I use in protection magick and self-empowerment spells, when you need strength and good dose of moxie.

Amaranthus: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planet Saturn, and the element Fire. The deity for amaranthus is Artemis-- the feminine warrior/huntress. The magickal powers contained within this plant includes healing, protection, and invisibility. Amaranthus was used in pagan burial rites.

Anemone: It's gender is masculine (projective); the element is Fire, and the planet is Mars. Deities associated with anemone are Adonis and Venus. This plant is also used for health, protection, and healing. To prevent disease, carry the blossoms from this plant in a red cloth upon your person. This plant can also be used in spells dealing with health issues involving blood and the reproduction organs. To keep an enemy at bay, place their photo in a red bag with a handful of the blossoms, or the root of the plant-- and leave the dirt in place.

Baby's Breath: The gender is masculine (projective), the planet Mercury, the element Air. I use Baby's Breath for magick encompassing communication and creativity. I've also used this plant in love spells to instill good open lines of communications between couples, or to loosen the tongue of a shy partner-- just be careful how much and how often you do this, you might be surprised at what's released-- or unleashed.

Bittersweet: The gender is masculine (projective), the element is Air, and the planet-- Mercury. The most popular magickal use for bittersweet is in spells for protection and healing. I've also discovered that this plant, connected to the energies of Mercury and Air, is wonderful for issues of communication, clear thinking, powers of deduction, and the spark of creativity.

Carnation: The energy is masculine (projective), the planet is the Sun, and the element is Fire. Use the magick of the carnation for protection, strength, and healing. Use carnations in healing spells. Place carnations in a sick room to give strength to the one who is ill. Use this flower in healing rituals, mojo bags, and oils.

China Berry: This plant is used for luck. The seeds are considered good luck charms, so use them as thus, particularly in bags or lockets, where you can carry them upon your person. The China Berry can be used in spells to precipitate change.

Chrysanthemum: It's gender is masculine (projective), the element is Fire, and the planet-- the Sun. Chrysanthemums are used primarily for protection. Grown in the garden, they are reputed to keep evil spirits away-- and in this case, my garden should be totally free of evil spirits, because I've accumulated a mass of mums this autumn. I take this one step farther by color associations-- yellow blossoms for spells meant to help you find your voice; magenta blossoms for a good strong dose of pure love, and white blossoms to throw an honest light on any situation.

Cockscomb: The energy is masculine (projective), the element Fire, the planets Jupiter and Mars. The no nonsense energy of the Cockscomb can be used to discover and unleash the masculine side of yourself, when aggression, strength, and courage are called for. The most beautiful cockscomb flowers I've seen was in Iowa, when we were traveling through Amish country.



Cosmos: The energy is feminine (receptive), the planet is Earth, and the element is Earth. I use the lovely petals from this plant for goddess magick; to highlight feminine energy-- for maiden, mother, and crone; for healing spells dealing with female issues; for safe childbirth; to celebrate those rituals geared toward women and their life milestones, including female puberty rites and a croning.

Echinops: The energy of the thistle will be found within this plant. It's gender is masculine (projective), the planet is Saturn, and the element is Fire. Use the Echinops in spells for protection and self defense. This plant will also be used in hexing and cursing spells, added to poppets or mojo bags.

Freesia: The planet-- the Moon, the element is Water, the gender is feminine (receptive). The Freesia contains the constantly mutating and fluid energy of the Moon and the element of Water. Use this plant according to color correspondences for a surprisingly wide array of magickal intentions. White, for those things of spirit and spiritual energy; red for passion, including not only physical passion, but passion for many things of life; pink to inspire friendhip and loyalty; yellow for God energy, and healing.

Gerber Daisy: The gender is masculine (projective), the planet Saturn, the element Fire. The daisy and the gerber daisy both possess strong energies for love spells, the gerber daisy being more 'hot-blooded', meaning there will be more animalistic passion in love spells done with the gerber daisy. This plant can also be used in spells when the energy just needs to be riled up a bit, when you need to light a fire and get people and circumstances moving.

Hypericum: The gender is masculine (projective), the element Air, the planets Mercury and the Sun. The beautiful yellow flowers of this plant can be used in mojo bags and spells to enhance communication, for god energy, for healing, and for spells of self-empowerment.



Juniper: It's gender is masculine (projective), the element is Fire, the planet is the Sun. The magickal powers of Juniper include protection, protection against theft, love, exorcism, and health. I also use Juniper berries for spells geared to the Winter Solstice, youth & immortality, and spiritual rejuvenation. Juniper is reputed to promote male potency when used in love spells-- though I have not personally put this theory to the test.

Kangaroo Paw: It's gender can be both masculine (projective), or feminine (receptive), depending upon what type of magick you're using it for, and which planet you're using for the correspondence. The planets are Mercury and Venus, the elements Air and Water. I have primarily used Kangaroo Paw for fairy magick.

Kalancheo: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planet Venus, the element Earth. Magickally speaking, use the pink blossoms for friendship and healing, the red blossoms for love, and the white blossoms for healing.

Liatrus: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planets Venus and Jupiter, the element Water. This plant is best used for all of its connections to the element of Water, which includes the promotion and growth of your psychic abilities, intuition, dreams and visions.

Gloriosa: The energy of this plant is most decidedly feminine (receptive), its elements both Water and Earth, and the planets Venus and Earth. The Gloriosa blossom is representative of the female anatomy, and its magickal energies are best used for female health issues, fertility, female sexual issues, and female self-empowerment. This plant can also be used in spells, magicks, and spiritual practices to glorify and worship the Mother Goddess.

Misty Blue: The gender is feminine, the planet is Water, the element Water. Use this plant for spiritual practices, for spirit contact, and to promote contact in general with the unseen world and the entities which inhabit it.

Orchid: This is a very versatile plant, magickally speaking. It's energy is masculine (projective), the element Air, the planet Mercury. Use the orchid in your spiritual practices and spell crafting according to the color of its blossoms: red/love and passion, pink/friendship and well-being, white/spirituality and healing. Personally, I use the speckled blossoms when change is needed and desired.

Pepper Berry: The gender is masculine (projective), the element is Air, the planet is the Sun. The red berries and green foliage from this plant make beautiful additions to wreaths. Magickally, I use Pepper Berry in mojo bags and magicks that deal with the Winter Solstice, God energy, and especially new beginnings.

Protea: It's gender is masculine (projective), the element Air, the planet Jupiter. The primary magickal use for protea is for spells and magicks that move a situation along so that a final conclusion or decision can be reached. The various methods will include mojo bags and candle magick. This type of magick works best when worked over a period of three to seven days.

Queen Ann's Lace: It's gender is feminine (receptive), the planet is Venus and Jupiter, the element Earth. I primarily use Queen Ann's Lace for issues of fertility, and this can mean not only fertility in the physcial world, but fertility of ideas and creative energies, creativity concerning unusual opportunities, etc. This plant is also used in magicks for Goddess energy and self-empowerment.

Roses: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planets are Venus and the Moon, the element is Water. Roses are most strongly connected with love spells. Use the energies of the various colors for different types of love-- red/passionate affairs with lusty sex, or soul mate connections; pink/for strong bonds of loyalty, friendship, and fidelity; yellow/for peaceful partings, to say good-by; white/to honor a love who has passed, or to honor a relationship that has come to a natural conclusion. The white blossoms of a rose can also be used in spells and magick to contact a deceased partner.

Rowen Berry: It's gender is masculine (projective), its planet Mars, and the element is Fire. Use the warrior energy of Mars and the fiery passion of Fire with the rowan berry in spells and magickal workings that require strength, concentrated doses of high energy, courage, passion of intention, and a strong will power. The poisonous berries are also potent when used in spells and magicks for hexing and cursing. Added to mojo bags and poppets, they work with a vengence.

Salvia: The gender is masculine (projective), the element is Water, and the planets are the Sun and the Moon. Salvia is part of a large family of plants which includes Sage. The primary use for salvia is for cleansing and smudging. Use the smoke from saliva to smudge your home and personal space, your person, your vehicle, or your land. Tie up dried bunches and hang them in the four corners of your home for protection, or hang a bundle of salvia by the front door to prevent anyone wishing you harm from entering.

Solidago: The gender is feminine (receptive), the planet is Venus, the element Air. Solidago, more commonly known as Golden Rod, is used for magickal workings involving money and divination. Carry a sprig of goldenrod in your wallet or purse to insure enough money to cover your needs. Place a piece of pyrite with it. Put a sprig of this plant in a small wooden box large enough to hold your tarot cards or set of runes to enhance the magick of divination and your intuitive powers.

Statice: This plant's gender is masculine (projective), its element Air, it's planet Mercury. I personally use statice in magick which highlights or incorporates group events, the gathering of people, peaceful conclusions to group debates or disagreements, as well as to promote peaceful cohabitation and successful growth within an organized group.

Star of Bethlehem: The gender is masculine (projective), the planet is the Moon, the element Water. I use the six pointed white blossoms of the Star of Bethlehem in spells and magicks involving spirituality, personal empowerment, and cleansing. I've also found it wonderful for Goddess invocation and feminine magicks. It is energy is inspiring and purifying.

Sunflower: The gender is masculine (projective), the planet is the Sun, the element Fire. The magickal powers of the sunflower includes fertility, wishes, health, and wisdom. Use the seeds from this plant in fertility spells, the yellow blossoms in magicks geared to gain your wish, and to inspire wisdom when wisdom is desired and needed. Carry a mojo bag containing various aspects of this plant for good health.

Yarrow: Yarrow's gender is feminine (receptive), it's planet is Venus, and the element Water. The magickal powers of yarrow includes areas of courage, love, psychic powers, and exorcism. Place a bouquet of yarrow on your table during divination sessions, in the four corners of your house to keep evil entities at bay, or place a sprig of yarrow in the pocket of the person you love. I've used yarrow in dream bags that I've placed beneath my pillow to inspire prophetic dreams and visions. You might want to add a marigold blossom to this bag and a stone of amethyst.

Zinnia: The gender is masculine (projective), the planets Mercury and Jupiter, the element Air. Use zinnias in spells and magicks where courage, fortiude, and strength are needed. This is also a good plant to use in healing spells, and spells of protection. As the zinnia stands strong and tall, so shall it inspire these attributes when you tap into it's magick.

Credits:

The photographs in this post that are framed are all original photos taken by Amythyst Raine. These photos are copyrighted, © Amythyst Raine 2011. The other photos depicting flower species were obtained at Photobucket and Flicker. If you have claim to any photos found here & don't wish to have them used, or you want credit given, contact me with proof of ownership, and the images will promptly be removed or credit given: witch_of_endore@yahoo.com

Some of the information above may have been taken from the books listed below; but the bulk of information above was taken from my own Book of Shadows, which includes my personal magickal practices and correspondences.
"Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs" by Scott Cunningham
"Green Magic: The Sacred Connection to Nature" by Ann Moura
"The Green Wiccan Herbal" by Silja

Friday, September 23, 2011

This Reading is for You



The reading that I'm doing this morning is for you. I don't know who you are, how the circumstances in your life stands, or whether you will even find this reading. But I woke up this morning with the distinct feeling that someone needs this. I'm going to draw three cards for you, and these cards will be a window into your life, the people who inhabit it, and those issues that are important to you. You will recognize yourself, you will recognize the people who may show up within this group of cards; and you will know, with absolute certainty, that these cards are speaking especially to you, specifically to you, for you and you alone.

The cards: Ace/cups......3/wands......2/pentacles

You're just beginning a new relationship, perhaps you're even in transition yet, moving from one relationship to the next. This process can be frought with indecision, that type of second guessing that makes your movement through life feel jerky. There are times that you may even carry around a rock in the pit of your stomach. So many of life's big changes are like that, and relationships are one of the biggest. But you will get through it. That heavy stone-like feeling in your mid-section will go away, and what seemed new and slightly scary will become routine so quickly that you almost won't notice the transition.

In order to successfully make this transition, and in order to work towards this new relationship with hopes that it will grow into something lasting and important, you will have to work through issues of defensiveness and insecurity-- the scum that's usually left over from previous experiences. This will take time and patience, both on your part, and on the part of your new partner, or your potential partner. This can also be a measuring stick for the character of this new person in your life. They should be sensitive enough to your feelings that they respect your wishes, whatever those boundaries may be at this time.

Eventually life will come full circle, it always does...right up until the end. This is one of those things we can be sure of, just like death and taxes, as the old saying goes. The most important thing to remember is not to hinder your own freedom with your own hangups. It's bad enough when other people impact our lives with restrictions and invisible boundaries we don't want and didn't ask for; but it's even worse when we do this to ourselves. How many things in life we might never accomplish or leave unfinished, because we didn't allow ourselves to proceed naturally. Proceed naturally now...what else can you do?

The number three is relevant to you and your life at this moment; and I feel that this has to do with the area of relationships. It's very possible that you can't move forward because you are still staked to one spot, to one person, or point of contact. If you don't learn to let go, to move on, to forgive, to give up and get on with it, to slide on by to the next level...you will stagnate. Life is a series of progressions. Life is constant movement, sometimes so swift and unrelentless that it makes us dizzy. But life is never suppose to be still-- at least not the type of still that prohibits new growth. Lift one foot and take that first step. The second step will be easier. I promise. It always is.

Though you may keenly feel life's burdens at this moment, that will change. You're at the threshold of a new day, a new dawn. Once you take that first hesitant step towards your future, the rusty cogs and wheels of life will begin turning again. They might be a little stiff and noisy at first, but the more they move, the smoother the journey will become. Sometimes it's just getting started that's the hard part.

You struggle with finding balance now, but your struggle is with that which will smooth out naturally, all on it's own. Don't fight it so much. When you do this you are actually working against your own energy. This will make you tired. The last thing I'm going to tell you, and maybe the most important, is not to take off on life's grand adventure without a game plan, your game plan. When you start a journey, you should have a destination in mind, otherwise how will you know when you've arrived?

Tarot Readings
with Amythyst Raine

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mabon

Mabon

Autumn Equinox

September 21 (approx.)

Also known as: Mabon

Traditions:

celebration of the second harvest festival of the season, thanksgiving for plentiful harvest, in some cultures this is a corn festival, marking the beginning of the autumn season, the witches’ Thanksgiving

Pagan Lore:

Descent of the Goddess…in Sumerian myth she’s known as Inanna; in Greek/Roman legends it was Demeter and Persephone. The descent of the Goddess into the Underworld meant an end to the lush growing season, a time when nature would rest beneath the cloak of winter.

The Harvest Lord

…in the Celtic tradition, the Harvest Lord was slain at the time of Lughnasadh, marking the end of the growing season and the beginning of harvest time.

Mabon

…is the masculine counterpart of Persephone; the fertile male aspect of the growing season. He is a Welsh god, stolen from his mother Modrin as an infant and, so the myth goes, rescued by King Arthur. All the while, he was held captive in the Otherworld-- Modrin’s womb, so as to be ‘reborn’ with the spring, bringing with him fertility to the land.

Wickerman

…at this time of year, the ancient Druids would burn a large human-like wicker figure as part of their celebration. This figure represented the vegetation spirit, and indeed, the heralding of the dark season would bring an end to the growth and flowering of summer.

This day brings equal hours of light and dark, a second celebration of perfect equality. Beyond this day, light will gradually fade as the dark season descends upon the world. Modern Pagans celebrate this holiday with many of the foods connected with this time of year in their area. For us this would include pumpkin pie, pumpkin breads, and apple cider. Decorations may include leaves of autumn hues, sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds.

Correspondences for Mabon

Herbs: marigold, myrrh, thistles, sage

Altar Flowers/Herbs: asters, mums, pine, ferns, milkweed, honeysuckle

Feast Foods: autumn berries, nuts, roast game, root vegetables, cider, wine, bread

Animals: stags, goats, blackbirds, canines, owls, birds-of-prey

Incense: cedar, myrrh, patchouli, pine, sage, sweet grass, oak moss

Rituals/Spells: drying herbs, gathering late harvest, past life work, harvest moon rituals, making willow wands, harmony spells, protection spells for winter

(The information above is an excerpt from my books,
"The Gray Witch's Grimoire" and "Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way")

© The Gray Witch's Grimoire,
Amythyst Raine 2011

© Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way,
Amythyst Raine 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Farmers' Guest House & Annie Lloyd Cottage

(*Note: You might want to turn the Youtube video on at the bottom of this post. It's a recording by Billie Holiday, and it will lend itself greatly to the atmosphere found at this Inn-- their theme is jazz.)

On our recent road trip, we spent one night in Galena, Illinois, at a 19th century restored Inn called "Farmers' Guest House". It was absolutely enchanting. The theme is jazz-- we had a wonderful breakfast with the voice of Billie Holiday in the background. The house is gorgeous, filled with antiques and collectibles. No matter which way you turn there's something beautiful to see, or something unique to catch your eye.

There was plenty of parking right across the street, and the whole area has a 'vintage' feel about it. Early September still found all the leaves green and lush.

This is just inside the entrance and the main staircase-- there are two, one is private.

This was our room. Green is my favorite color, so this was just right. :) I'm usually awake during the night, and this was no exception. The excitement of traveling probably doesn't help. Placed in our room, on a lovely wooden tray, was a flowered journal and pen, and you were invited to leave your thoughts. So this is what I did, spending some time writing in the journal. When I was finished, I was sleepy enough to turn in.

I love this room!!


Our bathroom was lavender-- I'm thinking, "Perfect", right off the green bedroom-- two colors that I love together.

Upstairs Hallways...filled with pretty things, vintage/antique objects and decor.

You can see the second staircase in this photo, which leads to the owners' private living area.

This is the upstairs 'Library', filled with vintage board games, and we were told that we would find very early morning coffee here, for those of us early risers. I was the first one up, and I tiptoed into this room & fixed myself a large mug of coffee...

I took my early morning coffee outside to the terraced yard which rises above the house on the bluff.

The sun was just rising, and the nighttime temps had reached a low of 30'some degrees. I could see my breath & steam from my coffee cup. But it was surprisingly comfortable. I sat watching squirrels in the trees, and when something caught my eye, I turned my head to find a hummingbird suspended across the table from me, watching me intently. We made eye contact, and she remained for about another 4 seconds, then she darted away. I'll bet I was out here over half an hour all by myself until hubby and our friends woke up.

(This photo was taken during the afternoon.)

This is a photo of the communal livingroom, looking out the east windows. There were endless movies and cd's available to us, as well as muscial instruments, including a piano-- and as the owner, Jess, said, "For those who can play, feel free to do so; and for those who can't, feel free to try."

Communal livingroom-- west end.

The Dining Room

The dining room was an experience in itself. Here I caught myself in the mirror taking a picture of this beautiful buffet.

Below is the west wall...full of clocks.

This photo was taken, looking towards the east windows, right before we were served the most wonderful breakfast-- with the sound of a woman's smooth jazz voice singing softly in the background.

We probably spent almost two hours at the table, one by ourselves savoring the yummy homemade banana bread, beautifully served fruit dishes, omlets, coffee, and orange juice. As my girl-friend and traveling companion put it:

"I feel like a princess."

And that about says it all.

The next hour we had a delightful time when the owners, Kathie & Jess, joined us for coffee. They are warm and inviting people with interesting backgrounds, stories, and experiences to relate-- it was like icing on the cake.

All good things must come to an end, as the old saying goes, and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head for home.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Smell of Magick


Hubby and I, along with another couple, are going on a four day road trip next week. In preparation for this, I've made magickal mojo bags for protection for our vehicle, along with a stone talisman. I even performed a little 'Vehicle Blessing' that I've used for years. Yesterday I made a whopping batch of "Fiery Wall of Protection Oil" that I used to anoint the car and will use to lay down a line of protection around the perimeter of our Iowa farm (in-law issues, long story).

I love making potions. I feel like the proverbial cackling old witch bent over my proverbial black cauldron-- which I really have, by the way. I love the good smells-- and the not so good smells. I've found that there are some raucous nasty really foul smelling concoctions that pack a magickal wallop that would set an elephant on it's arse. People seem to avoid this issue; everyone appears to think that all magickal oils and potions are going to look and smell like they came from Mary Kay or Avon. Well, I've got news for you...some of the potions and oils in my bottles I've had for years. Many of the bottles, and I've got a lot of them, are stocked on open shelves, covered with a nice little layer of old-fashioned dust, and look as though they might start perking at any moment. One of the tricks I use for my own oils-- I never use up all of the original formula. When the bottle gets low, say an inch left in it, I create another batch, using the remains of the original oil as the 'mother'.

There was one lady, somewhere on the internet, who was afraid that after her magic oil got so old, it would become rancid; and as she said, "We don't want rancid oil!"...Oh, don't we? The best batch of Mars Astrological Oil that I ever used was between 6-8 years old, discolored, and if you opened the bottle and sniffed, it would make your head spin. This oil would bring out the war hoop in Whistler's Mother. It wreaked of the element of Fire and every ounce of passion that you would expect with it. From this old bottle of oil, the energy of Mars was peeking over your shoulder, breathing down your neck.

I know, I love all the pretty, inviting, prim and proper lady-like oils and potions myself-- nothing like the smell of rosemary or lavender, rose oil, or jasmine. But I've also learned to love and appreciate those magickal oils that are there to do a job, not to look pretty or smell pleasing.

As far as I'm concerned, the foul smelling concotions of witchcraft deserve some accolades and appreciation.

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

Friday, September 9, 2011

Magickal Katz

(Bast)

In the first place, they usually come to you, you don't acquire them; and if you happen to, they may disappear quickly, quietly, and mysteriously; leaving hardly a trace that allows you to remember they were ever there.

They return like actions for like actions, like emotions for like emotions...if you are cruel, they will return this action in kind, with the grasp of a jaw, or the swiping rake of a claw. If you are gentle, so shall they be, calmly and matter-of-factly washing your hand or your cheek as they would one of their own kind, showing in their own way their acceptance of you-- in spite of your human condition. O' joy, you are considered worthy!

Human outbursts are generally met with two reactions, either a quick departure which wreaks of not only fear but severe disapproval, or an intent stare of disdain, which wreaks of superiority and quiet wisdom. They refuse to remain in the company of one who would wish them ill. They refuse to remain in the company of one who offends their senses. They are what they are, and they do as they do, and in the process they cross paths with the human race and our wearisome state of being. They know, they figured us out long ago.

(The Duchess)

Correspondences for Cat Magick

Day: Monday

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Color: blue, silver, purple

Herbs: calamus, gardenia, sandalwood, willow, chickweed, bladder wrack, columbine, Dittany of Crete, catnip, belladonna, apple,
African Violet

Stones: chalcedony, moonstone, sapphire, pearl, aquamarine, selenite

Magick: visions, seeing spirits, protection, astral travel, fairies

(Bast, at sundown)

Black Cat Oil

Ingredient: sage, bay leaves, myrrh, steel wool, iron,
black cat hair

Base: almond oil-- for romance, to draw a lover to you; castor oil-- to draw spirits for spirit contact, for protection, to break bad spells and hexes

The black cat is not viewed as evil by the magickal practitioner. On the contrary, this animal is believed to be imbued with magickal connections to the spirit world. It’s often a favored familiar for a witch because of it’s otherworld qualities; its intelligence and sense of intuition, its beauty, its mystery, its loyalty, and its magick.

Black cats are also believed to be the favored form for shape-shifting spirits. This is why it’s considered bad luck to harm a black cat-- this cat may not be a cat at all, but an entity from the spirit world who’s scrutinizing you as closely as you are watching it. Treat the black cat with respect and kindness, and you will receive this same treatment in return…harm this creature, and you may regret it.

(Pyewacket)

Cat Superstitions

Dreaming of white cat means good luck.

To see a white cat on the road is lucky.

It is bad luck to see a white cat at night.

If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain.

A strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.

A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.

A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead.

When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave.

When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true.

In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossip around the town.

To reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path, first walk in a circle, then go backward across the spot where it happened and count to 13.

(Bast)

A cat is not a panting, jumping, blindly adoring dog. Strike a cat and you may forever lose their trust and confidence in you. When our cats were kittens, and even once in a while yet, when they need to be reprimanded for climbing on shelves where they don't belong, hanging from the living room curtains, or some other distinctly mischievous catly behavior, we use a small spray bottle of water in order to tell them that we don't approve of what they are doing. After you've used this method a few times, all you have to do is reach for the bottle and they quickly scamper off the forbidden perch, scattering hither and yon to their secret hiding places within the house.

(Mistress Pixie Paws)

Credits:

The information for "Correspondences for Cat Magick" and "Black Cat Oil" are excerpts from my book: "Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way" © Amythyst Raine 2011; "Cat Superstitions" is courtesy of: http://www.catquotes.com/catsuperstitions.htm

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Garden Boutique

I went solo this past Saturday and sat up a yardsale which I dubbed, The Garden Boutique. I've done this several times with a good friend, setting up tables filled with metaphysical supplies to delight the stoutest pagan: pendulums, magickal oils and potions, spell candles, kits and bags filled with supplies to bless a home or to cast a spell, as well as enchanted jewelry, arts & crafts, and other unique creations that defy description. This time I had only my girls to help watch tables and merchandise while I gave tarot readings and balanced chakras. It was a bit of a juggle sometimes, but we managed.

We live in a rather 'out-of-the-way' location, and I'm never sure how our turnout will be at these events, since we're a bit difficult for some people to find. But contrary to my expectations, we had a great day which included an afternoon rush and a few return visitors. And the girls and I noticed that this time we were not hounded by Christians trying to convince us that we were headed down an evil path. Our customers were politely curious, inquisitive, and some even eager to learn, asking questions and getting up close and personal with the poppets and pendulums.

I was up at 5am, just as I had planned, and was out in the garage digging out tables, shelves, and chairs. However, when I actually started getting things arranged I realized-- wait a minute, it's too dark. And it sure was, pitch dark. Even with the garage lights on, it was too dark to stock the shelves. With daylight came some soft showers with cool refreshing temperatures. Since there was no wind at this time, I dodged the rain by placing all the tables and merchandise beneath the overhang on our house.

This is a family endeavor and everyone likes to create something to add to the inventory. My eleven-year-old daughter spent the day before the sale making bags with fabric paint, glue, and glitter. Several days ago, she had spent just as much time painting large clear stones to create pretty magnets. It was fun watching her during the creative process, head bent low over her work, quiet and intent.

My 24-year-old daughter is the 'Isabella' in "Creations by Isabella". She's a graphic artist, tattoo artist, and talented jewelry maker. She added some of her creations to our Garden Boutique. I'm very excited for her and her atistic career-- She will be selling her designs for stamps and scrapbooking paper to a national company. As soon as I'm allowed to post more information, I will.

I stocked the table and shelves with a variety of items from my website, The Witch's Corner. Setting up these boutique yardsales is actually a lot of fun, no matter how many trips in and out, up and down the stairs it takes. (Tearing it all down is another matter!)

I usually try to have a few copies of my book on hand, along with plenty of business cards, and it's always fun to watch people explore this table. It's a satisfying feeling to send someone on their way with a copy of my book in their hand.

Tarot: A Witch's Journey

We have a covered back porch with a partial west wall, an east wall of bamboo blinds, and our south yard is blocked by the trees, so this is a pretty private area, and this is where I sat up my massage table and a powerful crystal grid to do Chakra Balancing. It was perfect. I had a water fountain running back here. It was peaceful, protected, and inviting.

The opposite end of the back porch was reserved for tarot readings...I just had to shoo sleeping kitties away!

I always have a small table set up for my CD player and some favorite new-age music. And I always have a small notepad and pen available. Customers are invited to add a prayer request or wish to the bowl. We have a little tradition at the end of our boutique yardsales-- after everything is put away, I'll bring out my big black cauldron, and we'll burn these requests in a sacred flame.

This is the perfect way to end the day.

Blessed Be,
Amythyst Raine