On Defining my Magick

What is my magick? I used to do a lot of spells when I was younger. Spells for love and happiness and money. But the older I  would get, the less spells I would do. Magick become less about what I could attain. Magick became about my connection with nature. I wanted mystical relationships. Marriage to the sun and moon. An affair with the waters. A deep secret friendship with the air. The earth as a my protector. Old, grumpy and wise earth. I wanted to understand how everything worked. And how I was apart of it. I did not want to create magic, I wanted to discover that I was indeed magic.

Surprise. As I got older still, magic took on a new meaning. I wanted to heal. Not with spells. They seemed too easy and fleeting. I wanted to heal people.  Heal the inner pains with hard work. By helping them see into their own hearts and minds. Helping them to see their own wisdom. Help them see they are also magic.

I wanted to heal the human relationships. I wanted to heal our relationships with nature. With creation.  I wanted to teach that we all were married to each other. Interdependent. We were all the sun, moon, earth, water.  And then I grew older and came down to earth. I wanted to  experienced the true magic of family and friends. I wanted to heal my own wounds and disconnection from loved  ones. I wanted to feel not the sun or reach the stars. I wanted to dig through the earth, pull up the dirt and find the bones, the bodies, the skeletons of my ancestors. I wanted to discover my roots.  How could I know magic if I don’t know where I come from, and  who I am.? Magic is now honoring the past, the spirits and ancestors. Seeing and receiving their healing messages. Passing on what I learn.  So that many other people can take this journey into magic too.

Happy Ostara: Correspondences

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Here is just a quick list of Correspondences:

Other  related or close holidays: Easter, St. Patrick’s day, Passover

Aspects and symbols: fertility, birth, new life, balance,light ,becoming  warmer, rebirth, renewal, new ideas, good fortune

Gods: Eostre/Ostara, Ariadne, Athena, Minerva, Persephone, Attis, Cernunnos

Animals and Mystical beings: chicks, bunnies,  magical hare, hawk, sparrow, snake and Merpeople

Myths: “ magical hare and magical eggs” and resurrection of various God/desses.

Foods: chocolate, eggs, green foods, seeds, salads and “Spring foods”

Activities: spring cleaning, egg hunt, egg art, gardening, new projects.

Flowers, Trees, Plants: ash, birch, maple, daffodil, lily, rose, violet, honeysuckle,lavender, tulips, lilac

 Stones and gems: moonstone, clear quartz,rose, garnet, agate

 Zodiac: Aries

Other symbols: flowers, vines, seeds

Direction: East

Tarot: Chariot, 7, Magician, eight of wands

Resources and Further reading:

Towards a Wiccan Circle:A Practical Introduction to the Principles of Wicca by Sorita d’Este 

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans by Sandra Kynes

Tarot for all seasons: celebrating the days & nights of Power by Christine Jette

Imbolc 2013: Overview of our ritual

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As usual, I  prefer to not do  an elaborate or prewritten rituals. Instead we ( partner and I ) wrote a  simple outline before and memorize a few short lines.  For this ritual we did not do a traditional circle casting but we included cleansing, charging and grounding. We invoked and honored Spirit/Goddess and all the  Elements in subtle ways.

Altar:  Candles, White fabric rose petals, chamomile flowers, rosemary oil (for anointing candles) and holy water.

  • Sparkled areas and selves with holy water.
  • We lit all altar candles and then took two candles to every room, then  said, ” We enter this space with the light of fresh beginning”
  • Partner played violin as I visualized our space, minds and hearts being blessed and charged.
  • We built a fire, then as we threw sage on it we stated our intentions of cleansing, purification and celebration of  Imbolc.
  • We read poems , wrote a haiku and then put haiku to music (ukulele). We  used  the poems, haiku and music as our offering to Spirit especially virgin/maiden Goddess aspect and the young Sun King.
  • As a grounding period we ate quiche and drank  chamomile tea
  • Closed ritual.

The Imbolc List : Themes and Correspondences

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Below is a quick list of themes and correspondences I found while researching and preparing for Imbolc tomorrow:

Meaning:  Imbolc” in the belly” as in the pregnancy or milk of ewes.

Names and Similar Holidays: Imbolc, Candlemas, Valentine’s day, Tibetan Chinese New year, Festival of lights,The Feast of Nut,Groundhog day,  and (Saint) Brighid’s Day.

Myths/ History/Associations: lactating ewes and lambing seasons, onset of spring,The Goddess recently gives birth, Sun King begins his return,  Sun King is playful young boy and Earth is ready to be fertilized.

God/Goddess, Spirits and important figures: Bridget,  Love Gods, Fertility Gods,Sun  King, Maiden/Virgin Goddess aspects and  Higher self.

Themes: purification, inspiration, fertility, luck, prosperity, children, baby animals, coming out of the dark, renewal, love, new beginnings

Flowers: white flowers, violets, mistletoe, bay springs,and evergreen branches.

Trees: Willow and Evergreens

Animals: groundhog, sheep, lamb and all burrowing animals.

Activities: Brighid dolls and crosses, weather divination ( such as Groundhog Day), work with Higher Self, spells for the well being of animals, rituals for luck or prosperity, candle lightening,  making fires, meditation walk in snow,dream work, creative projects, poetry, spring cleaning, and purification work.

Colors: white, pink, green, yellow and red

Foods: dairy, breads, seeds, spicy food.

Herbs, Incense, Oil or Teas: musk, cinnamon,rosemary, frankincense, sage, chamomile,and rosehip

Tarot Cards: aces, Star, High Priestess, Temperance, Queen of Wands or use your best judgement.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/imbolcfebruary2/p/Imbolc_History.htm

Wicca: A Guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham, page 130-131

Wicca for Life: The way of the craft from Birth to Summerland by Raymond Buckland, page 242-245

Tarot for all seasons By Christine Jette , page 69

http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm

http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=6&chapter=30&zenid=32af94ed3b683cab16802e85bdcf1e69

Samhain and Mourning ritual

What do I do for Samhain?

This year, I dedicated my Samhain time to honoring the recent passing of my Dad. I lacked the energy to a formal ritual and in my grieving state I was in no mood to celebrate.

So my partner and I decided to create an altar of mourning. I searched for inspiration online however most of the Samhain Wiccan altars I found were too  happy for my current mood. We decided to go off instinct. We had planned to let the creative process be our ritual. But after making the altar a more clear ritual emerged.

The Ritual:

1: We did grounding breaths

2: We walked through a doorway and tiny path ( we made a pathway out of recycle tires  –reborn symbol:) towards the altar.

3: We took a drink and then pour some for the deceased. ( similarly to pouring a beer on the ground for those who have passed)

4: We each tossed dirt onto a silver box and said” ashes to ashes…”

5: We each placed a penny into a bowel of water ( which had a makeshift boat inside).

6: We close by ringing a Bell.

* In the background we had on a Day of the Dead station

The ritual was spontaneous but manages to incorporate Wiccan, Norse, Christian spiritualities.