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Lughnasadh Correspondences

August, 2019

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(Loo-nas-ah)
Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2

Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic), First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American)

Animals
and Mythical beings:

Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix

Gemstones:
aventurine,
citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine

Incense
and Oils:

wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus,
safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood

Colors:
red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray

Tools,
Symbols, and Decorations:

corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat,
barley, oats), first fruits/vegetables of garden labor, corn dollies,
baskets of bread, spear, cauldron, sickle, scythe, threshing tools,
sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires, bilberries, God
figures made of bread or cookie dough, phallic symbols

Goddesses: The Mother, Dana (Lugh’s wife & queen ), Tailltiu (Welsh-Scottish), Demeter (Greek), Ceres (Roman grain goddess .. honored at Ceresalia), the Barley Mother, Seelu (Cherokee), Corn Mother, Isis (Her birthday is celebrated about this time), Luna (Roman Moon Goddess), other agricultural Goddesses, the waxing Goddess

Gods: Lugh (Celtic, one of the Tuatha De Danaan), John Barley Corn, Arianrhod’s golden haired son Lleu (Welsh God of the Sun & Corn where corn includes all grains, not just maize), Dagon (Phoenician Grain God), Tammuz/ Dummuzi (Sumerian), Dionysus, plus all sacrificial Gods who willingly shed blood/give their life that their people/lands may prosper, all vegetation Gods & Tanus (Gaulish Thunder God), Taranis (Romano-Celtic Thunder God), Tina, (Etruscan-Thunder God), the waning God

Essence:
fruitfulness, reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification,
transformation, change, The Bread of Life, The Chalice of Plenty ,
The Ever-flowing Cup , the Groaning Board (Table of Plenty)

Meaning:
Lugh’s wedding to Mother Earth, Birth of Lugh; Death of Lugh,
Celtic Grain Festival

Purpose:
Honoring the parent Deities, first harvest festival, first fruits
grains & drink to the Goddess in appreciation of Her bounty,
offering loaves of sacred bread in the form of the God (this is where
the Gingerbread Man originated)

Magicks & rituals: astrology, prosperity, generosity, continued success, good fortune, abundance, magickal picnic, meditate & visualize yourself completing a project you’ve started

Customs
and Activities:

games, the traditional riding of poles/staves, country fairs,
breaking bread with friends, making corn dollys, harvesting herbs for
charms/rituals, Lughnasadh fire with sacred wood & dried herbs,
feasting, competitions, lammas towers (fire-building team
competitions), spear tossing, gathering flowers for crowns,
fencing/swordplay, games of skill, martial sports, chariot races,
hand-fastings, trial marriages, dancing ’round a corn mother (doll)

Foods:
loaves of homemade wheat, oat, & corn bread, barley cakes, corn,
potatoes, summer squash, nuts, acorns, wild berries (any type),
apples, rice, pears, berry pies, elderberry wine, crab apples, mead,
crab, blackberries, meadowsweet tea, grapes, cider, beer

herbs: grain, acacia, heather, ginseng, sloe, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, aloes, frankincense, sunflower, hollyhock, oak leaf, wheat, myrtle

Element:
Fire

Gender:
Female

August Native Moon: Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy

August, 2019

August Native Moon

From ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy
Available August 20 from Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

The thirteen Native Moons in Cosmic Crystals are by far the most difficult to describe. With so many different Native tribes, cultural traditions, and important stories, finding common threads is not always easy. In most instances, the main moon name given is the most commonly used name among the Algonquin tribes, and the listed alternative names come from other well-known tribal peoples from North America, Central America, and South America.

As
you read about the Native Moons, put yourself in the shoes of those
who lived in harmony with the natural cycles. Consider the lessons
from the deities and totem animals that can be applied to present day
life. What are the commonalities between yourself and the tribal
people who were some of the first in the world to name the moons each
month? What is different in your own life compared to the lives of
those who gave these moons their names? What wisdom can you take away
from recognizing those differences?

When
working with the lunar rituals for the Native Moons, push yourself to
find new ways to incorporate the corresponding totem animals and
healing herbs into your ritual. Remember, your ritual may be as
simple or as complex as you like. The point is to create a moment of
sacredness between you and the moon, so listen to your inner guidance
for how to customize each ritual to meet your needs.

AUGUST

The Grain Moon

The
Grain Moon is named for grains, such as corn and barley, which can
now be harvested. Fishing tribes know this as the Sturgeon Moon,
named after the fish that are abundant at this time. Other tribes
know the August full moon as the Red Moon because it often takes on a
reddish color. Still others call this the Lightning Moon due to
frequent late-summer thunderstorms.

To
connect with the energy of the Grain Moon, place a small bowl of dry
grains (e.g., corn, barley, or rice) in your sacred space or on your
altar. Surround the bowl with Ruby Fuchsite stones to represent the
sharing of this abundance with those you love. You may even choose to
have one stone to represent each specific person in your circle of
close friends and family.

ALTERNATE
NAMES
Barley Moon, Lightning Moon, Red Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Swan
Flight Moon, Women’s Moon

ANIMALS
squirrel, sturgeon, swan

COLORS
gold, green, yellow

CRYSTALS
Green Grossular Garnet, Heliodor, Ruby Fuchsite

DEITIES
Laqan Kachina, Mashe-Namak, Mikew, Nisk-Na Peu – the Goose
Master, Urubutsin

ESSENTIAL
OILS
rosewood, tangerine, tea tree

HERBS
eucalyptus, lemongrass, rose petal

KEYWORDS
abundance, connection, magic

GREEN
GROSSULAR GARNET
This abundance stone connects to the Grain Moon
by reminding you that with hard work, there will be plenty to harvest
down the road. Green Grossular Garnet enhances your connection to the
plants and animals of the earth. Work with this stone if you’d like
to find balance between modern life and more traditional ways of
living.

HELIODOR
A yellow variety of Beryl, Heliodor shines with the color of
golden grain. This crystal helps you recognize abundance all around
you and connects you to all that is. The more connected and grateful
you feel, the more you have to be thankful for, because things are
drawn to you like a magnet. Helidor is also a stone of magic and
facilitates mystical experiences.

RUBY FUCHSITE This rock, also called Anyolite, is a combination of two minerals, red Ruby and Green Fuchsite. This crystal corresponds to the heart center and instills empathy and compassion. Wear Ruby Fuchsite in a medicine bag over your heart to facilitate a connection with others. This energy is perfectly suited to the Grain Moon, a time of celebration and sharing the abundant harvest.

About the author of ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’:

Ashley Leavy (Madison, WI) is the Founder & Educational Director of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Teaching others about crystals is Ashley’s passion and her purpose. Ashley’s experience is based on almost a decade, and 100+ classes, of professional crystal healing training. Because of her expertise, Ashley has been a featured guest on NBC, has been interviewed about crystal healing for dozens of radio shows, has had articles published in many newspapers and magazines, and has been featured as a guest blogger on hundreds of energy healing and wellness blogs. She is also the author of Crystals for Energy Healing.

Learn more at quartokno.ws/CosmicCrystals.

Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting With Lunar Energy on Amazon

Beltane Correspondences

April, 2019

Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

Date: May 1

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard

Deities:
Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt,
Aphrodite,artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned
God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron

Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz

Colors: green, soft pink, blue, yellow, red, brown

Flowers & herbs: almond tree/shrub, ash, broom, cinquefoil, clover, Dittany of Crete, elder, foxglove, frankincense, honeysuckle, rowan, sorrel, hawthorn, ivy, lily of the valley, marigold, meadowsweet, mint, mugwort, thyme, woodruff may be burned; angelica, bluebells, daisy, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, primrose, and rose may be decorations, st. john’s wort, yarrow, basically all flowers.

Incense: frankincense, lilac, rose

Symbols & decorations: maypole, strings of beads or flowers, ribbons, spring flowers, fires, fertility, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, butterchurn, baskets, eggs

Food: dairy, bread, cereals, oatmeal cakes, cherries, strawberries, wine, green salads

Activities & rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Wiccan mythology: sexual union and/or marriage of the Goddess and God

It’s association with fire also makes Beltaine a holiday of purification.

Wiccan weddings are frequently held on or around Beltaine.

Review of The Closet Pagan Etsy Shop & Interview with Owner Anna Pierce

April, 2019

The
Closet Pagan

Bright
Blessings!

I
was tickled pink when I got this lovely bundle in the mail to review!

I am so happy to share what The Closet Pagan has available, and I am confident you will find something you’d love to have!

Owner, and craftsperson Anna Pierce is a gifted jewelry maker, and she knows her stuff about what stones have which magical attributes, and she makes spell kits as well.

She
shipped me, as pictured, two different necklaces. One with crystal
ball smoky quartz, and the other with the mysteriously beautiful
bloodstone. She also sent single amazonite and fancy jasper stones,
and had them all put together in a gorgeous black silky drawstring
bag complete with a lovely ankh charm.

On review of her etsy page, I found lots to love. From silver charm necklaces, to crystal grid boards, and protection kits, this gal is stocked up with things every Witch and Pagan is sure to love. Even better, the prices are quite reasonable!

I
was lucky enough to be able to have a short interview with Anna as
well!

The
Interview

Saoirse– Bright Blessings, Anna! What beautiful products you have! I got the smoky quartz crystal ball necklace, and bloodstone necklace, and the fancy jasper and amazonite crystals. Such beautiful, thoughtful offerings! Thank you! Tell me the meaning behind all the stones from your own interpretations, and the magical and or healing properties you ascribe to them.

Anna- The meaning behind the stones: Well, the smoky quartz, and bloodstone are some of my favorites. To me, they represent great emotional healing properties such as calming ones mind, and relieving stress. Of course, all of this I believe, is from the power of suggestion, but it’s something that can make you feel great while rocking a cute piece of jewelry. 

Saoirse– Tell me how you got into making jewelry and spell kits? What made you decide to do an online shop? Do you have a brick and mortar shop customers may visit, or is it all online?

Anna- My shop is online on Etsy only. I’d love to one day have a brick and mortar shop, but unless I win the lotto, I don’t see it happening any time soon unfortunately. How I got into jewelry making and spell kits: Well, I really love the idea of unusual items and products to make you feel better. Spell kits/ornaments stuff I make I like to use as my own home decor and wanted to share my interests with anyone who would appreciate them. The jewelry making, I picked it up as a hobby then decided to just take a leap and go for it. ?

Saoirse– What is your personal spiritual and or magical path, and how does your merchandise support you in that?

Anna- I consider myself a Pagan Eclectic Witch. I am not a Wiccan, and do not follow any kind of “Witch’s code.” My merchandise supports in the fact that I have a bunch of different styles and try to keep it simple. 

Saoirse– What power is there in personal adornment with magical materials like oils, and jewelry, in your opinion?

AnnaI believe it’s all the power of suggestion, and the energy you send out onto the Universe. 

Saoirse– What are your personal favorite things to make, and what are your personal favorite materials to use, and why?

Anna My personal favorites to make are the ornaments and spell sets, because I can offer a variety of different items in one grouping. 

Saoirse– Tell me about something extra special you have made, and how, and why it is meaningful to you?

AnnaSomething extra special? I suppose that’ll have to be the Winter Solstice ornaments I made, because it allowed me to fill the bulbs with beautiful flowers to decorate your home or holiday tree. When making them I send out good energy into the Universe. 

Anna also had this to say:

I
have a passion for creating new things. I love filling my little
mid-century house with candles, crystals, salts, and the funky unique
things I find. And, I love crystal and gemstone jewelry. I started my
shop to sell some of the things I love most: crystals, salts, herbal
blends, Wiccan and Paga
n
decor, and items honoring positive emotional and spiritual bonds with
nature. Some of the things I sell will be unique, one-of-a-kind
items, handmade from upcycled materials. Other items, like salts or
herbal potpourri, will be handmade in small batches. I love making
simple, timeless jewelry designs with raw and polished gemstones,
gemstone beads, and various gemstone crystals. I hope people feel a
positive healing connection to the items in my shop. It is my wish to
make other people’s lives a bit better, a bit happier, a bit more
grounded to the earth and nature, with the items I create and the
customer service I offer.”

Anna is a real person, and is not just looking to earn money. She encourages people to reach out to her through her Instagram, and she loves people to tell her about themselves. She is very relatable, and tries to inspire whenever she can.

Here is the link to her Etsy shop:

www.theclosetpagan.etsy.com

You can follow her on Instagram @TheClosetPagan

Happy shopping, and Blessed Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

Book Review – Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn

March, 2019

Book Review
Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn
319
Pages

The
use of essential oils has gained a lot of attention in recent years,
it has become easy to purchase bottles of these extraordinary elixirs
at local retailers, but do people understand how to properly use
these oils? Amy Blackthorn, founder of Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends,
provides the reader with a guide to the safe and proper use of
essential oils both in everyday use and in magic.

Ms. Blackthorn has admirably demonstrated her extensive knowledge of horticulture, herbalism and agriculture in this book. Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic is an encyclopedia of essential oils. Thirty-?ve (35) plants and their corresponding oils are described and explored. Each description includes scientific information, magical correspondences, warnings, herbal lore and uses of the oil providing the reader with the information needed to properly and safely use them.

As
a practitioner of magical traditions, Ms. Blackthorn teaches the
reader how to incorporate the use of these oils in spellwork, rituals
and anointing. A chapter on botanical divination combines
horticulture with divination with the suggestion of creating your own
oracle card using pressed ?owers and herbs that have been pressed
and laminated.

Not only does this book provide one-hundred and thirty-?ve (135) oil blends to make, it also provides instructions for craft projects and food and drink recipes. You will discover how to make beads using fresh roses, rose absolute and a few other ingredients just as monks used many years ago to make rosary beads.d

One blend helpful to home owners is mixing eucalyptus oil with vodka or rubbing alcohol and water to create a spray to repel mice and rats as they cannot tolerate the smell of eucalyptus.

Appendicitis
include a Glossary of Botanical Magical Terms, which allows the
reader to further understand the subject matter, and an index of
magical recipes that allows for easy identi?cation of an oil blend
by need.

Blackthorn’s
Botanical Magic is a well-written and outlined resource for the use
of essential oils. It is highly recommended for those practicing
magic as well as those who do not and those seeking to safely
incorporate essential oils into their daily life. It will become one
of the resource books that you will reach for time and time again
when using essential oils.

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Tammy
Andrews
is a beginner in the area of all matters related to Wicca
and witchcraft. She is interested in many areas of natural spiritual
practice including the use of incense and oils, pendulum divination,
oracle cards, and crystals. She is Reiki I certi?ed with plans to
obtain further Reiki levels. With
her love of learning and reading, she is excited to join
PaganPagesOrg as a book reviewer. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed in a community agency that provides counseling and case management services to clients who live with serious mental illnesses and addiction issues. The power of human survival and resilience never ceases to amaze her. She views social work as her passion and life calling.
Tammy
resides in CT with her husband, who is her greatest supporter, her
cat and her dogs. She has enjoyed the opportunity to assist in the
nurturing of her step-son to become a prospering young adult.Tammy
and her husband spend many Summer weekends at their cabin in VT where
she loves the opportunity to renew her spirit in the peace and
solitude of the trees.
You can contact Tammy via email at [email protected]

Book Review – The Ultimate Guide to Chakras: The Beginner’s Guide to Balancing, Healing, and Unblocking Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy by Athena Perrakis, Ph.D.

March, 2019

Book Review
The Ultimate Guide to Chakras
The Beginner’s Guide to Balancing, Healing, and Unblocking
Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy
by Athena Perrakis, Ph.D.

Most books
about the Chakras generally stick to the seven (7) more broadly
known. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this guide includes
two additional that make the study more cohesive and aligned with
those who are exploring this subject area with the intention of
reaching beyond the standards.

The first
statement by the author is one of reminder that the system of the
Chakras is one that reaching deeply into ancient practices and by
virtue of that reach is inclusive of the work we do to maintain our
ancestor’s wisdom as we move forward on our own paths of evolution.

….“When
you are mindful and reverent of the past, you both honor your
ancestors and do a great service to your lineage”….

This book
is chock-full of experiential exercises that bring the gifts of the
Chakras into a palpable energy that provides opportunities to sense
the energies and guide and direct your own process. Additionally, it
is a treat for your visual sense with illustrations of the chakras by
Roberta Orpwood, a professional visionary artists and Master Reiki
teacher.

Each
chapter has a beautiful cover page aligned to the color traditionally
associated with that specific chakra, correspondences, experiential
practices and more. I particularly appreciated the sections that
allowed for journaling and /or deeper contemplative action with
questions of reflection relating to each of the chakras. Another
bonus is the section that provides suggestions of gemstones that
relate to each of the chakras and how they can be used to enhance and
awaken the energy.

Moving
beyond the traditional correspondences you will find in many books,
Dr. Perrakis includes Mantras, Tarot card, Rune, Goddess and
Archetypal energy of the chakras making this truly a comprehensive
and “ultimate” guide. Many of these correspondences can be found
randomly in multiple books but having everything available in a
single chapter of a brilliantly organized tome is invaluable.

Being
someone who operates highly from the Throat center, I was intrigued
by the reflection questions set forth in this chapter…

…. “(1.) Are you keeping
secrets in your life, and if so, from whom? (2.) When you think
about secrets, how do you feel? Anxious, heavy and weighed-down,
perhaps? (3.) If you carry such secrets, where in your life can you
release them or set them down?”…

I tried the
embodiment experiential and had some opportunity to
explore some revelations relating to my truth and the conditioning I
experienced at various parts of my life that silenced the speaking of
that truth. I’ve worked a lot with the chakras, but many of the
concepts and reflections I found presented in this book provided a
fresh perspective and deepening of the cursory understanding that is
generally put forth.

The final
chapter, features “Giving the Chakras a Voice”. The premise here
in listening and envisioning what the chakra would say. I found this
a fascinating exercise given that energy is vibration that adapts and
moves in accord with the direction required. Speaking, voice and
breath all incorporate the modality of moving vibration hence moving
energy. Giving voice to the chakras enables yet another vehicle of
integration and synthesis within our energy fields.

This book
is a valuable asset to both the beginner and the more seasoned
practitioner of energetic protocol, healing and studies of the
energetic anatomy. There is plenty to stimulate the senses and pique
your interest in exploring the many correspondences that are
associated with the Chakras. This alone, is a treat in being able to
connect the dots and see the synchronicities and connections between
so many of the disciplines used for spiritual and magickal workings.
A must have for any book shelf!

The Ultimate Guide to Chakras: The Beginner’s Guide to Balancing, Healing, and Unblocking Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Imbolc Correspondences

February, 2019

( Bringer of Light for Imbolc Limited Edition Print by Amanda Clark of Earth Angels Arts on etsy. )

February 1, 2

Other Names:
Imbolg (im-molc)(em-bowl’g)
(Celtic), Candlemas (Christian), Brigantia (Caledonii), Oimelc,
Festival of Light, Brigid’s (Brid, Bride) Day, La Fheill, An
Fheille Bride, Candelaria (Mexico), Chinese New Year, Disting-tid
(Feb 14th, Teutonic), DisaBlot, Anagantios, Lupercalia/Lupercus
(Strega), Groundhog Day, Valentines Day.

Animals &
Mythical Beings
:
Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin,
sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation.

Gemstones:
Amethyst, garnet, onyx,
turquoise.

Incense/Oil:
Jasmine, rosemary,
frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh,
and wisteria, apricot, carnation.

Colors/Candles:
Brown, pink, red, orange,
white, lavender, pale yellow, silver.

Tools,Symbols, &
Decorations:
White
flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s
cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red candle in a cauldron
full of earth, doll, Bride’s Bed; the Bride, broom, milk,
birchwood, snowflakes, snow in a crystal container, evergreens,
homemade besom of dried broom, orange candle anointed in
oil (see above)can be used to symbolize the
renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.

Goddesses:
Virgin Goddess, Venus, Diana, Februa, Maiden, Child Goddess, Aradia,
Athena, Inanna, Vesta, Gaia, Brigid, Selene(Greek),
Branwen(Manx-Welsh).

Gods: Young Sun Gods, Pan, Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Dumuzi(Sumerian).

Essence:
Conception, initiation,
insight, inspiration, creativity, mirth, renewal, dedication, breath
of life, life-path, wise counsel, plan, prepare.

Meaning:
First stirring of Mother
Earth, lambing, growth of the Sun God, the middle of winter.

Purpose:
Honoring the Virgin Goddess,
festival of the Maiden/Light.

Rituals &
Magicks:
Cleansing;
purification, renewal, creative inspiration, purification,
initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings, welcoming
Brigid, feast of milk & bread.

Customs:
Lighting candles, seeking
omens of Spring, storytelling, cleaning house, bonfires, indoor
planting, stone collecting, candle kept burning dusk till dawn;
hearth re-lighting.

Foods: Dairy, spicy foods, raisins, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds, poppyseed bread/cake, honey cake, pancakes, waffles, herbal tea.

Herbs:
Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin,
celandine, clover, heather, myrrh, all yellow flowers, willow.

Element:
Earth

Gender:
Female

Threshold:
Midnight

Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns

January, 2019

A
Look Inside a Monthly Working Book of Shadows

Many
newcomers to the Pagan Path, as well as new Witches, often mistakenly
believe that a Book of Shadows is an ancient concept that goes back
eons. There is the very real possibility that herbalists and wise
women in ancient times utilized recipe books, journals, or otherwise
kept written records containing their secrets or logging their
workings. However, the Book of Shadows is actually a neopagan concept
that has its beginnings with Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca,
sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Gardner is the founder of
the Wiccan religion along with several other famous pioneering
Wiccans who seemingly thrust the neo-pagan movement forward and
opened the broom closet for many witches as well. The age of the
conception of Books of Shadows should not cause anyone to question
keeping a Book of Shadows. As with any other reference material, a
Book of Shadows can be an invaluable tool in any practice, whether it
is your craft or your spiritual walk. My working Book of Shadows is a
vital part of my Pagan path and my practice as a Witch.

As a practicing Witch and a practicing eclectic Pagan with a Matron who guides both paths, I rely heavily on my working Book of Shadows and I carry it with me every day. For the most part, my working Book of Shadows contains all of the information that I need at my disposal such as Sabbats, Esbats, the New Moon, color correspondences, Tarot, Oracle, and Rune draws, as well as trackers for stones, herbs, spells, and Goddesses. I also incorporate my mundane schedule and life in this working Book of Shadows to keep me on track. As any one else in these modern times, I try to keep my spending in check, live a simple life, and incorporate my definition of “enough” into my walk. In true frugal fashion, I decided that in 2019 I would take a completely different tact than in any other year and I created my 2019 working Book of Shadows from MAMBI® Classic Happy Planner® extension packs. For clarity and convenience, I have added all of the resources and links for materials and supplies that I have used at the end of this article.

Throughout
this series, you will notice some “upcycling” of materials as I
find cards that I have received, artwork here and there that I notice
in magazines, and even the creativity of friends, who make beautiful
shaker cards that are great for lifting the energy when I am feeling
like energy is being dissipated. A little blingy shake and the smile
returns to my face. Also, when you network and discover that friends
have hidden talents, such as making quality covers with special
meaning that directs your focus to the work at hand, that energy of
love, friendship, and community lends itself to a healthy Book of
Shadows.

Again, as a frugal person, and someone who believes that the Pagan Community could benefit from helping each other, I created a Facebook group called “The Pagan Plannertarium.” I created this home for Pagan Planners who are interested in planning and who could benefit from free stickers and layouts for their own Books of Shadows. All of the stickers that are in my working Book of Shadows can be found in the Pagan Plannertarium along with an ever-growing catalogue of stickers, layouts, and inserts. They are all free for your personal use, if you would like to plan along with me each month, join the Facebook group by answering the questions for entry, and plan along with me. I will continue this series for the year 2019, showing you the evolution of my working Book of Shadows.

Since
there are no Sabbats in January, and it is the very beginning of my
“Seed Work” which will commence in February for planting on
Imbolc, I have chosen a winter theme for the monthly layout, and I
have also made complimentary weekly spreads for the entire month of
January. In keeping with the winter energies surrounding me, I chose
to focus on the correspondences for the month of January which
include fox, birch trees, and the colors bright white and blue.
January is a time for self-reflection and spell work involving inner
workings rather than casting for others, winter is a time to go
inward and to work on those things that require change for growth.
February’s seed must be planted in order to yield a bountiful
Harvest as the wheel turns and we experience each Sabbat in its turn.

The January month-at-a-glance spread is where I keep all of my appointments which are upcoming, the Esbat, the New Moon, and I keep a place for notes. In the two blank spaces before the 1st day of January and the last 2 blank spaces after the 31st, I use these spaces for my own personal “Power” words – these are words that I use for the month to keep me focused on my seed work. They relate directly to the seed that I will plant, so I choose the words that I need to focus on to narrow my focus. Times and circumstances change every month and this is a working Book of Shadows so these blank spaces are often in a state of metamorphosis and they change from month to month. January is the month when planning my seed comes to completion and the seed is readied for planting on Imbolc.

Each
week there is a side dashboard that is sectioned off for my Goddess
of the week, Crystals, Notes, and two (2) weekly trackers. My goal
is to draw a Goddess card from a deck that I utilize each week, write
the Goddess’ name on the dashboard, and key words throughout the
week that may arise as I ask for Her protection and energies to guide
my week. The Crystal section is for the pouch that I carry on my
person each day, some days call for different energies and I may
change the contents of the pouch that I use during the week and, if I
do so, I like to have a place to log any changes that may occur in my
carrying pouch. The Notes section on the side dashboard is to make
note of any significant changes that I make, events that I need to
make a special note of, or any other information that may change from
time to time during that week. Finally, the two trackers that I have
are for reminders to check in daily on any spell work that I may be
undertaking. Other uses for the trackers include making Crystal
Water, Moon Water or other recipes for ritual use. You can use
mundane trackers even in a magical practice and, on occasion, when I
have no other use for them, that is how I utilize these trackers.
The best part of this whole process is that stickers can be lifted,
marks can be erased, and things are meant to change and grow as we
change and grow. It is my hope that by sharing my Book of Shadows
with you, before the pen, you will be able to glean some creativity,
some energy, or ideas for your own Books of Shadows and join me in
sharing for the greater good.

You may have noticed that the end of December, 2018, is contained in the first weekly spread. I included it because the energies are prime for spell casting, writing new beginnings, contemplating seed work, and writing down ideas for spells or, if I feel the energy in a specific way, I will use this night for spell writing. At the end of the week, there is a New Moon and I always use the energy from the New Moon to begin cleansing my house for the cycle of the waxing moon, to bring the energies into my home and life that I would like to manifest throughout my practice. I start by taking a ritual bath, meditate, and smudge my home from the center to the front and out the door and beginning from the center again and to the back and out the door. For the other days in this week, I will enter those things that I do to prepare for the upcoming New Moon, such as journaling, blending herbs for incense, smudging, writing spells, and working on the February installment of this series

Each weekly layout has a coordinating Tarot card insert. I utilize this insert to pull a Tarot Card each week and reflect on this card throughout the week. The first side of the insert reflects my first impressions and my expectations. The second side of the insert is a retrospective examination of the drawn card and how that has influenced me during the week. This insert is an invaluable tool for me. Not only do I receive guidance from the Tarot cards, but I come to a deeper, more committed understanding of the meaning of each draw and how that may relate in future readings not only for myself but for others

Each
weekly theme for the month of January embodies not only the
correspondences appropriate for this month, but some of them also
contain themes of strong Divine Feminine figures such as Athena and
Hekate. I decided that this month would also contain the energies of
the Divine Masculine and The Horned God made a special appearance
this month as well. As I called to the Divine Spirits of the East,
requesting the energies of communication, divination, and creativity,
these layouts pretty much made themselves.

Looking
forward to providing monthly installments of my Book of Shadows as
the wheel turns.

RESOURCES:

MAMBI®
CHP Extension Packs:

https://www.meandmybigideas.com

CHP
Custom Cover & Foiled Pentacle Stickers by Claire McNamee:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BubsLovesBubba

Custom
Shaker Cards by Suzy Mesa:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/gichiscraftcorner

January
Monthly and Weekly Stickers by Shirley Lenhard are free at the Pagan
Plannertarium:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/217392179039705/

January
Cover Page – Shoot for the Stars – Recollections®
“Constellations” paper pad & Miscellaneous Washi tapes:

Available
at Michael’s and other craft retailers

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About
the Author:

Shirley Lenhard has been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook group “Pagan Plannertarium” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and The Peace Paper.

She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

January, 2019

Aa

(Image
Credit: freedom for humanity2016.wordpress.com)

She
to whom January 1st is dedicated and to whom is honored on this day
is the Babylonian Goddess, Aa.

She is also known as:

Great
Mother

Mother
of All Things

Goddess
of the Dawn

Goddess
of the Light

While
She is known as Aa in Babylonia, She is also known as Serida in
Sumeria, and in Akkadian as Aya, which means “dawn” in
Akkadian.

She
is “the Beginning” and “The Mother of All Wisdom”
and is associated with the eastern mountains which bring the sun into
the sky.

(Image
Credit: earthandstarryheaven.com)

Her
symbol is an 8-rayed sphere representing the symbol of light. As the
consort of Shamash, the god of the sun, She was also called Bride of
the Sun. Her sacred marriage to Shamash brought all thing to grow
and prosper.

Aa
brings the energy from the dawning of the sun on a new day.

(Image
Credit: historymaniac.megan.com)

Other
Goddesses who have their feast days in January include:

January
2 – Inanna’s Day (Sumerian)

January
5 – Kore’s Day (Greek)

January
8 – Justicia’s Day (Roman)

January
11 – Carmentalia (Roman)

January correspondences:

Gem/Birthstone:
Garnet

Full
Moon – Cold Moon

Herb
– Thyme

Color
– White

Tree
– Birch

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About
the Author:

Susan
Morgaine
 is
a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher,
Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist
with PaganPages.org Her
writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever
Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed
and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises,
Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also
been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She
is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She
is the author of “My
Name is Isis
”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………”
children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A
Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long
been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes
and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She
is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation,
being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research
Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the
Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found
at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and
her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis on Amazon

Book Review – Medicine Wheel Plain & Simple: An Introduction to Native American Astrology by Deborah Durbin

December, 2018

Book Review

Medicine Wheel Plain & Simple: An Introduction to Native American Astrology
by Deborah Durbin

 

I had a flashback to the 1980’s when I opened this book. I saw the system familiarized in Sun Bear and Wabun’s The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology, complete with correspondences to animal totems, plants, crystal and moon correspondences for each astrological sign. So, this book is “New Age;” don’t pick it up thinking that you will learn find a new (or rather, ancient) system of working with cosmic forces here. And you won’t gain any insight into the cultural astronomy or archeoastronomy of the indigenous people of the Americas – the mythic tales of the stars brought down to Earth and how those energies affect human affairs.

That said, you will have a fun tool for broad astrological divination by the equivalent of your sun sign to play with. Medicine Wheel Plain & Simple offers a different lens for examining personality types, strengths and weaknesses, than the zodiac wheel we are used to. Like Sun Bear and Wabun’s book before it, this book uses a Northern American perspective on a seasonal calendar: winter is cold, summer is hot. The calendar wheel is divided into seasonal quadrants with a “ruling” animal totem for each. The wheel is further divided into 12 signs, like the familiar astrological signs, but ruled by animal totems instead of constellations. So, if like me, you are born between April 20th and May 20th, I am a Beaver, member of the Turtle Clan, born under the Frogs Return moon in the Spring Season rule d by spirit-keeper Wabun – Eagle on the East of the Medicine Wheel. My sign is also associated with blue camas plant, the color blue and the mineral chrysocolla. There are many correspondences to investigate here! Interestingly, the description of a Beaver personality was reminiscent of my Taurus self: “slow, methodical, practical, reserved…easygoing and slow to anger, but once roused, they can have a fierce temper…” My compatibility with other signs is similar to my astrological compatibility – I am married to a Snake (Scorpio)!

Durbin has included a section on finding your personal animal totem. She discusses a shadow totem, one that terrifies you, that tests you and teaches you what you need to overcome. Interestingly, mine is Snake, the opposite of my Beaver totem, containing the qualities that Beaver most lacks. And being married to a Snake, I have learned a lot from our differences. She also includes a short section on working with predictive Medicine Wheel astrology by throwing pebbles or shells, noting where they land, and interpreting the energies and qualities of the quadrant and sign in that section of the wheel.

It’s unfortunate that the book purports to be “An Introduction to Native American Astrology.” There are so many beautiful star myths, tales and creation stories in the traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. And the ancient Mayans had a complex astrological and seasonal calendar. And to imply that all Native American cultures used a homogenous system is stereotyping of the worst sort. Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology, the book on which this one appears to be based, sourced itself in earth-based cycles rather than representing a specific “Native American” system. Medicine Wheel Plain and Simple is a New Age overlay of North American animal, plant and seasonal symbolism on the common horoscope wheel. But it is fun to play with! If you didn’t come across Sun Bear and Wabun’s book in the 1980’s, this one’s worth a look!

Medicine Wheel Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need on Amazon

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About the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

Flying to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open Channel Astrology: openchannelastrology.com

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