Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Witch's Cauldron: 7 of Cups Magick Spell

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This spell will require the energy of the seven of cups tarot card—the card of decisions, decisions, decisions.

When you find yourself facing a life changing all important decision and you are having trouble reaching it, this is the spell for you. It’s also beneficial if you are faced with a multitude of decisions and must choose the best one.

Correspondences

Moon Phase: waxing to full moon

Day: Friday

Planet: Venus—a planet that deals not only with relationships, but with decisions as well

Colors: green or white

Herbs: sandalwood, lilac, sage, Solomon‘s Seal Root

Oil: psychic oil

Incense: sandalwood

Tarot Card: seven of cups

What to do:

1. Cast a circle.

2. Light the incense.

3. Use white and green candles, as many as you need for the number of choices you have to decide upon. Anoint them with the oil, and roll them in a mixture of the herbs you’ve chosen from those listed, and then sit these candles upon your altar.

4. On small slips of white paper, write down each individual choice involved with the decision or decisions you must make. There will be one small slip of paper for each choice. Place one slip of paper beneath each candle.

5. Sit the seven of cups tarot card upon your altar, among the candles, where you can see it and meditate upon it, or if you wish, you can hold it.

6. Light the candles.

7. As the spell candles are burning themselves out observe them. Which candle is burning itself out first? Which flames are you drawn to? After the candles have finished burning themselves out, skry the wax. What shapes do you see in the remnants of the wax? Which one catches your eye?

8. Gather the remains of this spell, including the slips of paper you placed beneath the candles, whether they have burned to ashes or not, and place these items in a small bag, along with the clear quartz crystal and the seven of cups tarot card. Sleep with this bag beneath your pillow until you reach a decision.

This task should be easier now.

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Find the Magick: Macaroni n' Cheese

Here's the recipe, which sounds delicious! We're going to go through the ingredients and see just what kind of magick can be found in this simple popular dish:

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Makes 4 servings  
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni   
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese  
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
3 cups milk  
1/4 cup butter  
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour  
2 tablespoons butter  
1/2 cup bread crumbs  
1 pinch paprika  
Directions: 1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain. 2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well. 3. Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika. 4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.


The Magick: Paprika...Use to add energy to any spell or mixture. Throw in someone's yard to cause them problems. Also Called: African Pepper, Bird Pepper, Chili Pepper, Goat's Pod, Grains of Paradise, Red Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Tabasco Pepper, Zanzibar Pepper, Capsicus
Wheat (found in the bread crumbs & the macaroni)...Induces fertility and conception, attracts money Salt (if you add a dash)...Cleansing, purification, exorcism

The Divine Connection: Wheat is a grain associated with the goddess Demeter: "DEMETER was the great Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind. She also presided over the foremost of the Mystery Cults which promised its initiates the path to a blessed afterlife. Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheaves of wheat and a torch..." For more info-- lots more, click Here

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Mother & Daughter (Demeter and Persephone)


The Witch's Desk: Snobbery Within the Pagan Community

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We think that the Pagan, all hippie love-child neo-nature spiritualist, are above the snobbery of the mundane middle-of-the-road Christian mainstream society. Well, we're not. Pagans are just as human as the rest of the population, and we fall into all the same societal traps, we just don't like to admit it, and we tend to fall back on the peace, love, nature theme to justify ourselves (look at how spiritual I am, look at how in-tune with nature I am, look at how white is my magick, how pure my intentions, how saintly I am).

This is how it really is: Just because we practice witchcraft, just because we believe in magick, just because we worship the Goddess, does not mean we are perfect by any means, nor does it imply that we are necessarily even nice-- some of us aren't. Sorry, but this is reality. Pagans can be snobbish, elitist, bigoted, holier-than-thou, and just as irritating as any Southern Baptist, as any Catholic, as any Fundamentalist, as any anything.

There is always conflict in the Pagan community, among ourselves. Pagans are just as opinionated as the next person; and there are very definite views and contradictions, contentions and disputes. The disputes range from how to practice witchcraft; how to practice goddess worship, what about the god; how to practice magick, what's acceptable, what's dark, what's too dark, what's light, what's too light; pantheons-- you can't mix them, it's okay to mix them, a Greek goddess would be angry if her energy was mixed with a Nordic goddess and your magick won't work; you weren't initiated by another witch, or you weren't initiated in a coven, so you can't be a witch; you can only do spells on certain days aligned with certain energies or it won't work; you should cast spells in the heat of the moment; you should never cast spells in the heat of the moment; I'm a Very-Important-Witch because I was initiated by someone who was initiated by someone who was initiated by someone (however many times back) who was initiated by another Very-Important-Witch...and so it goes.

The goddess from one pantheon would be angry if her energy was mixed with the goddess from another pantheon-- who the hell knows that? What mortal can say this with finality? In truth, if magick works through energy and there are five goddesses out there, all from different pantheons, whose attributes all work for the same purpose, their energy aimed at the same outcome, why couldn't you work with all five of them for some kick ass enormously powerful energy? Truth is, you could, and you can. At the other end of the spectrum is the pagan who embraces and immerses themselves in the deities from one pantheon, who swears by and only works with the gods and goddesses from one culture, and this is okay too. 

The truth is that paganism, or any spiritual path for that matter, can be practiced anyway that the practitioner chooses. You cannot police another person's spirituality. You cannot force people to believe, or to practice what you do, or how you do it.

There's been a segment of Pagans, around for some time now, who combine witchcraft and Christianity, and this has driven both hardcore Pagans and hardcore Christians nuts. "They can't do this!" both sides howl in indignation. Why not? Who says?...I mean who says, who says who really has any authority, whose opinion would really count? No one, nada. If a Christian Witch wants to cast a circle and use Christ for her god-form and Mary as the goddess, who's going to stop her? Whose going to be standing around policing her spiritual practices? The fact is that no one has the right to interfere in this case. This witch is what she is, she'll find her energy through the magickal means available to her, and I predict that the universe will work with her, blessing her endeavors.

There are also cliques. Really. You think this is a phenomena relegated to the halls of Junior High? Well, you would be wrong. Adults are just as guilty of being cliquish as teen-agers, and Pagans are no exception to this. Sometimes these cliques are disguised as covens, or as literary groups (who has the magickal stamp-of-approval from the powers that be and who does not), or social site groups, pagan internet societies, or any other such society by which people must be okayed and allowed in. I can understand this to a point, as in the case of a coven, where a very specific number of people are desired; but in a vast internet social site, or a Pagan Page, etc., it gets a little stickier, a little trickier.

A spiritual path is suppose to enlighten us, to inspire us, to help us live better lives, more productive lives. We find our inspiration where we do, by super-natural and miraculous means. It really is magickal, this business of finding one's path, working ones spells, solemnizing life with our little rituals. The most we can do is to try-- try to be better human beings; try to be kinder; try to be more open-minded; try to be understanding; try to love other people and treat them well; try to see the world and the universe in the big-picture scheme of things.

All we can do is try-- and some of us will succeed.

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Tarot: Coffee & Triplicates


Greetings, This is actually Saturday morning (Memorial Day Weekend), as I write this.; and I sit now on the back porch, big old coffee mug beside me; lawn mowers humming in the background, tarot cards on the table beside me.  I’m going to do one of my favorite things to do with tarot– I’m going to pull a set of triplicates.  I’m just letting the universe speak to me.  It might have something to say to me personally, or it might be tapping me on the shoulder with a message for someone else.  I never know.

The deck I’m using this morning is The Psychic Tarot, and I’ve written a review of this deck, which you’ll find at this link: Here

Here we go:

7/Choose Wisely; Financial & Material Changes; Material & Spiritual Prosperity

For Myself:  Good grief, this is absolutely eerie.  Yes, I’ve made monumental decisions in my life over the past few months and these decisions are indeed precipitating material changes in our life.  As I look at these cards, though, as important and positive as the material changes will be, there is a deeper and more important aspect to it– the ‘spiritual prosperity’ part.  I’ll find myself in a unique position to touch people in ways I never dreamt possible; I’ll find myself in a position to open people’s minds up to the Goddess and spiritual paths that are outside the mainstream.  I’ll be given the opportunity to touch people magickally, to educate, to expose them to the beauty and power behind nature based spirituality.  It is both a blessing and a responsibility; I feel it keenly.

In General:  I don’t know who you are, maybe you are many people reading this; but I know that you find yourself at a crossroads, that you are weighed down with indecision when a decision is what is required to lift the weight and move your life forward.  What do you decide?  Which direction will you go?  Who’s instinct will you trust– what voice will you listen to– ??  In the end, it is your responsibility, this decision, and with it you will find a positive outcome, though you fret now.  It will be okay, really, the cards point in such a positive direction.  It’s a process, making this decision, and it might create change and disruption, this decision; but perhaps that’s because the architecture that is your life needs renovating…Don’t be afraid of the change.  Embrace it.

 

Herbs: Rosemary..."Dew of the Sea"

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A Rosemary Summoning Spell:

Use rosemary and a pinch of Drawing Powder to summon someone to you that you have feelings for, or whose help you need. This could include someone you have romantic feelings for; someone you love in a platonic way; someone that you’re connected to through blood or circumstance; or someone whose help you need with an issue or personal problem. Think of this spell as a pied piper’s wiggling finger inferring, “Come hither.”

You will gather a handful of dried rosemary, a photo/signature/or name paper of the one you need to summon, and a lovely little fire– either outdoors in a nice fire pit, or a smaller adaptation in your cauldron.

When you get your fire burning properly, drop into it the photo/signature/or name paper; next, the rosemary, sprinkling it carefully so you don’t smother your flames. And finally, just a pinch of Drawing Powder.

As the flames consume the ingredients of your spell, chant:
“Blessed rosemary, I call unto thee;
Summon (name) to come to me.”

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Courtesy of “Magickal Herbs” @ The Witch’s Corner:

Rosemary

Planet: Sun; Element: Fire: Energy: Masculine (projective)
Protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth. Burn to purify and cleanse. Use in love and lust incenses and potions. Use for healing of all kinds. A tea of rosemary causes the mind to be alert. Circulatory, digestive and nerve stimulant. Heals headache, depression, and halitosis.
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*Note:  check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbal supplement, especially if you are currently prescribed other medications.