Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cat Magick: Herbs & Spells

Catnip is commonly used in sleeping potions. The easiest and most pleasant way I can think of to use catnip for this purpose is to make a delicious pot of tea. Catnip is one of the herbs that I grow in my own gardens, so all I have to do when I want to brew a pot of catnip tea is to step outside and snatch a handful of the fresh herb. I usually use both the flowers and the leaves. How much you use is going to depend upon how strong you like your tea and the size of your pot. You can sweeten it with honey or sugar. Since catnip is a member of the mint family, I'm guessing that if you like mint in your tea, you'll like catnip, though to me it is more pungent.

Catnip has an absolutely intoxicating effect on cats, and it was actually hard getting the catnip started in my garden because my cats wouldn't leave it alone. I'd plant a nice lush bunch of catnip and the next morning I'd go out to find nothing but bare stems and a garden full of chewed leaves. I can't tell you how many times we've looked out the kitchen windows to watch one of our cats, or a stray cat, rolling around our garden in drunken bliss.

I harvest our catnip not only for use as a tea, but as a treat for my cats and for magickal uses. To make a magickal talisman for your cat, one that he will absolutely love, you can sew two small pieces of flannel together, and just before you sew it shut add a nice bunch of fresh catnip leaves. Consecrate this talisman for your kitty to pass on the magick of good health mojo and protection.

Catnip is sacred to all pagan gods/goddesses who manifest as a cat or feline creature, including: Sekhmet, Bast, Mau, Tefnut, Mafdet, and Freya.

Correspondences for Catnip:

Energy: Feminine (Receptive)
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Magick: cat magick, love, beauty, well-being

It's believed that a gift of catnip from you to your cat will create a magickal and psychic bond between the two of you. Since I've experienced this myself, I have to say that it truly works in beautiful ways. If you make a catnip talisman for your kitty, keep this in mind. Remember that concentrating on your intentions when crafting magickal items imbues that piece with the magick. Catnip is also used in love spells, often as an ingredient in mojo bags or candle magick. Just as the cat finds this herb intoxicating and irresistible, so will the one you target in love magick, using catnip to draw them to you. Hang a bunch of dried catnip over the threshold of your home to draw good spirits and good luck, as well as to draw the blessings of cat goddesses. Catnip is also used in beauty spells, either as a tincture you can use to bathe your face, or with candle magic. It's believed that this herb will mesmerize those targeted in such spells to see you as youthful and beautiful. This type of enchantment is considered a glamoury.



Valerian is also used in sleeping potions and dream pillows, just as catnip is used. It's said that the scent of valerian is irresistible to cats and if they find it in your garden, they will dig it up. What's not often said is that valerian stinks. It has an extremely strong aroma that I personally don't find especially pleasant, and although you can use this herb in relaxation and sleepy-time teas, I don't know how on earth you could mask the taste. Commercial teas, prepared with valerian, seem to do a pretty good job of this; and I have used them many times, usually in the evenings, to unwind and relax.

Correspondences for Valerian:

Energy: Feminine (Receptive)
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Magick: love, purification, protection

It is the root of valerian that is used in a powdered form and added to protective mojo bags or dream pillows-- though I don't think I could fall asleep with the scent of this herb right under my nose. The calming effect of valerian is not limited to sleepy-time teas but also includes the energies surrounding a space. If there has been quarreling in your home, hanging this herb around your house is said to calm the atmosphere, to settle things down. Valerian is one of the herbs that can be used as a substitute for Graveyard Dirt.



In the Middle Ages rue was used as a talisman against witches and their familiars (usually cats). Perhaps the association was made in the minds of people because cats are drawn to rue much the way they are drawn to catnip, and because they are drawn to it, they dig it up and wreak havoc with the plant. I would imagine it's the pungent aroma of rue that has something to do with this behavior, just like catnip and valerian. Because cats did this, perhaps people got the mistaken impression that cats hated rue, so they thought they could keep them at bay with the herb. Supposedly rue is used to keep cats out of your garden, away from the birdfeeders, or wherever else you don't want them, though I suspect the opposite effect. Rue is an evergreen pernnial shrub.

Correspondences for Rue:

Energy: Masculine (Projective)
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Magick: health/healing, exorcism, love

Rue leaves are placed on the forehead to relieve headaches, or worn to facilitate healing. Rue is used in mojo bags poppets, and candle magick for healing, for matters of love, and to improve mental abilities. Rue is used to break hexes and curses by using it in a cleansing bath; hanging it around your home; placing it in sachets, poppets, or mojo bags; and using it in floor washes. It's worn to protect one against poison, monsters, and the evil eye. A sprig of fresh rue is often used to dip into salt water and asperge a space.



Cats are considered to be the animal that is the ally of gamblers and games of chance, they are believed to bring good luck and success in these endeavors. Following is a cat spell that may do just that:

Lucky Cat Spell

Candles in the shape of cats are often burned for good luck, especially luck that has to do with games of chance. This magick is especially geared towards gamblers.

1. Inscribe a cat candle with your name, lucky numbers, numbers needed for a successful outcome, or a specific amount of money.

2. Dress it with Black Cat Oil, or another gambler's lucky oil.

3. Burn the candle.

Lucky Cat Candle Spell

Burning Lucky Cat Candles makes your wishes come true. Color coordinate the candles to suit the nature of the wish: use green for money, health, and healing; red for love, romance, and marriage; and black to resolve problems, or to break hexes and curses.

1. Carve and dress the candle, maybe using herbs and an oil that correspond with your intentions.

2. Write your wishes on a piece of paper, being very careful to be explicit in exactly what you want.

3. Ignite the corner of this paper, and use this flame to light the candle.

4. Murmur wishes, incantations, and intentions until the paper has burned to ash.

Spirit Petition: Freya Cat Spell

There is an old Norse tradition of paying tribute to the goddess Freya by feeding milk to cats.

1. Consecrate a crystal bowl to the goddess Freya; fill it with whole milk or sweet cream, and sit it out on your front steps or back porch for stray cats.

2. Magickal intentions are important. Consecrating and preparing the bowl and setting it out for the cats is a ritual. As you perform this ritual, consciously invoke the goddess Freya and speak your petitions to her.

3. Watch the cats, pay attention to stray cats. Pay attention to cats who may appear as an image, statuary, art, or through some other medium. This may be Freya's way of giving you an answer to your wishes or request.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

37 lbs. of Amythyst...er, Amethyst



Hubby went with me for the afternoon when I did tarot readings on Sunday at Next Millennium. Apparently this gave him enough time to do some browsing and shopping on his own, because when we were getting ready to leave, he had selected this piece: 37 lbs. of amethyst...which is fitting for our house! This gorgeous chunk of crystal sits on our entertainment center and shares its space with the Goddess.

I met some wonderful people Sunday and made a couple very significant connections. Although the store is always busy, there is a sense of calm about Sundays that are just undeniable no matter where you are. It just must be the energy of the day. I had a wonderful time, and the readings connected well, which always leaves me with a warm and fuzzy 'I-must-be-doing-something-right' feeling. Afterwards, we had time to stop by our son's apartment for a visit and enjoy supper at China Buffet...yum! This is one of my favorite places to eat.

I received a rather unusual call Monday afternoon. It was a man in Australia wanting to know if I would cast a spell for him. I receive a call ever so often on this topic, and I just want to say that , no, I don't cast spells for people. I offer the information, often the spells, as well as some of the supplies so that people can cast their own spells. And really, I think this is best. No one can want the change that a spell facilitates more than the one who will benefit from the outcome, the individual who carries all the strength of their emotions and personal involvement. It's their energy, all the strength of their will, which will make a difference in the final outcome. Cast your own spells and you'll discover that this true.

I've found my venue here in Fremont, where I can meet with a client and give them a tarot reading over a cup of coffee or a pot of tea...Harvest Health. The owner has a quaint coffee shop in the back of his store. He's so nice, and he was more than happy to allow me to use this spot to conduct personal tarot readings. I'll be placing an ad in the local paper this week, and I'll continue to do this sporadically. I think it will be a lot of fun!

My pendulum cards arrived in the mail this week. I've got them posted at my website for sale ( http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/pendulums.htm ). I'm still waiting on all of the pendulums that I ordered, a big batch of natural stone pendents, and some pentacle pendents. I'm beginning to think they may be coming by pony express. I'll post as soon as I get my hands on them.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of this day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Witch's Corner: Updates & More

Tarot:
Card of the Day



Eight of Swords

Someone is feeling trapped in a situation they see no resolution to. Does this mean that you give up trying to find the right answer? No. I believe that part of this problem could actually be too much introspection and not enough honest evaluation. Stop thinking of yourself, and start looking at what this situation is doing to the other people involved. Once you become aware of it, your concern for someone else may help you to arrive at the right conclusion faster.

Today's Correspondences:

Tuesday...planet, Mars; element, Fire; color, orange, herbs- hot (peppers, cloves, cinnamon, etc.), red or orange flowers.

Today's energies are aggresive, warrior like, in your face, strong and persistent. This doesn't seem very conducive to Valentine's Day and romance, does it. But actually this is the day traditionally used for magic and spells connected to marriage. You would think that Venus would have this honor, but it makes sense. Friday/Venus is connected with that first fairy tale/prince charming aspect of love, it's always gentle, obsessive, slightly inspid, and very fragile. Marriage, on the other hand, takes a lot of work and courage to stay successful. It's earthy, sometimes messy, often tumultous, and definitely not for the feint of heart. It often takes a warrior like determination to make it work. Mars is the perfect energy.



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Updates


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Personal Notes: Paranormal Investigation



The small cozy little house sitting on the edge of the woods looked peaceful and content, not revealing at all its history of tragic deaths, nor it’s ghostly visitors. At one hundred years old, this house has a long rich history of families and familial events and milestones. It has witnessed weddings, births, graduations, personal victories/achievements…and death. The present owner has experienced the loss of two family members within the walls of this house. Her mother passed away from cancer in the downstairs bedroom in 2005; and its in this room where a frosty presence makes itself felt by sitting on the bed, complete with the physical sensation of movement and visible indentation in the blankets. The owner’s husband passed away in the den, in 2008, after a long and lingering illness. Although his presence can be felt— quite strongly at times— there are no visual manifestations. And it’s from this room, through glass patio doors, that deer can be seen gathering at dusk near the rear of the property. It’s in the den where a photograph of the owner’s step-son sits, a young man killed in a tragic motorcycle accident, the parents having received that devastating middle-of-the-night call all parents dread.

Upon entering the house, we realized immediately that there was very strong EMF readings, beginning at the doorway between the living room and kitchen, which was also very close to the bedroom door. Shadow figures are often seen by family members, crossing the living room and disappearing into the walls. We spent a great deal of time with the owners and the EMF detector exploring the bedroom and the doorway between the livingroom and the kitchen, where the EMF detector was extremely active. We wanted to make sure that there were no electrical devices or outlets that would’ve been creating these readings. This involved moving furniture, locating all the electrical outlets, and letting the family take their time to tell their stories, voice their concerns, and formulate their questions.

When we were finally ready to ascend the stairs, the owner told us that her grandchildren refused to go upstairs; and the way the EMF detector was working as we stood at the threshold, it was no wonder. There was an almost constant scream of protest from it. The EMF detector came on while we were at the bottom of the steps and continued until we reached the doorway of the first upstairs bedroom. As investigators and home owners stood in a clump in one room, I moved around the upstairs with the EMF detector. I wished that we could just sit and spend some quiet time with cameras and instruments turned on. I think this would’ve been beneficial in catching spontaneous paranormal activity. However, the owners were enthusiastic and wanted to watch us work, continuing their chatter and speculation. For the rest of the time that we wandered the second floor of this house, the EMF activity was sporadic at best. As we worked our way from room to room, and as we descended the stairs, it fell silent. The atmosphere at the bottom of the stairs was noticably lighter. Whatever had been hovering there before seemed to be gone.

The bathroom proved to be another area that drew high EMF readings, particularly in the shower; and we discovered that this presence was there one minute and gone the next, popping in and out in a dizzying fashion. We were also informed that objects in the bathroom moved around from place to place, inexplicably, creating an unnerving atmosphere. Instead of spending one long block of time in this area, we would pop in and out throughout our investigation. I have to say that the mirrored walls added an element of creepiness to this room, as you would catch fleeting movments in the mirror that you’d see out of the corner of your eye. Of course, by the time you turned your head to see what it was, it was gone.

Around the small entryway, suspended over an old-fashioned cellar door in the floor leading to the basement, was a string of clothing. The owner informed us that these clothes belonged to her deceased husband, and that she simply couldn’t bring herself to get rid of them. There was not only EMF activity here, but the strange sensation that someone was watching us as we touched the shirts, or moved a hangar. After a few minutes in this area, several people felt the hair on their arms or the back of their neck stand up, or experienced an uncomfortable sensation which manifested as a desire to exit this spot.

Epilogue…As we worked our way through this house, not only did the EMF readings and paranormal sensations unfold before us, but the story of a family and its tragedies unfolded as well. This gave us an intimate look at characters and personalities who lived in this house at one time and who still walk its rooms and hallways, as well as the dynamics of the people still living here, and the long history of former occupants. The owners seemed relieved to share their stories, to watch instruments pick up visual proof of what they’ve known all along, and most importantly…to feel a connection with those they loved.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Getting Into the Swing of Things: Pendulums

I've just ordered a bunch of new pendulums, and I'm waiting anxiously for them to get here: opal, cherry quartz, orange faceted cat eye, and a couple really unique pendulums that contain water and floating chakra stones. I also designed a set of five pendulum cards using original photos that I'll be offering with each pendulum: a card for yes/no/maybe; cards for the alphabet and numbers; the Tree of Life; and the planets. On the back of The Tree of Life card and the planets, you'll find correspondences printed for the sephiroths and special energies associated with the heavenly bodies. I thought it would be fun dowsing to find out which energies we're attuned to, as well as which energies we might very well need. I won't be updating the pendulum page at my website- http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/pendulums.htm - until I receive these items in the mail, including the pendulum cards, which I'm having professionally printed.

The Opal:

I've always found opals fascinating, and it's this stone I'm going to take a closer look at since I'm waiting for opal pendulums: The opal's energy is both projective (masculine) and receptive (feminine). It's connected to the energy of all the planets, as well as all four elements. The sacral chakra benefits from the opal's energy; and the zodiac signs connected to it include Cancer, Leo, Libra, and Sagittarius. The opal's herb is bay. Its magickal powers include psychism, money, luck, personal power/self-empowerment, astral projection, and beauty. The opal's holistic therapeutical benefits include re-energizing, as well as stimulation of the intestines and sexual organs-- reputedly resulting in stronger orgasms. It is beneficial to women who suffer hormone imbalances due to menopause; purifies the blood and kidneys; regulates insulin; strengthens an individual's will to live and their feelings of self-worth; and it works as well on infections, fevers, and the memory. It is truly a potent stone.

In researching the opal for this blog post, I was really amazed at what a power stone the opal is reputed to be. It's considered an excellent choice as a personal power enhancement talisman; draws money and business your way; facilitates change; and cheers on personal progress. One of the most fascinating gifts of the opal is its ability to magnify feelings, helping you to release negativity, and negativity which may even stem from past lives. This is an excellent stone for anyone who finds themselves in an abusive relationship, or is attempting to extricate themselves from such a situation.

Magickally, this stone is believed to help you recall and explore past incarnations; and not only does it take you there, it's reputed to help you heal from any trauma that you may have experienced. It's used in spells of invisibility, and in the awesome act of astral projection- wear it for protection while on your astral journeys. If you wish to develop and enhance your psychic abilities, this will be the stone you will use; whether you wear it during divination for this energy, or use it in mojo bags and spells. Finally, the opal will help you find the beauty that is within you, as well as to magickally enhance your outward beauty and charms.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winter Wonderland, February 2012

Two days after Imbolc the good weather fairy must have left us, because we were hit with a good old-fashioned snow storm, the kind with heavy wet snow that I call a 'widow-maker'. Inbetween shoveling our walkways, driveway, and pathways to the barn and wildlife feeding stations, I stopped to take some picures when I went out to shake some of the heavy snow off our trees and shrubbery.



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