Wednesday, April 10, 2013

G is for God & Goddess

When we speak of Divine we are speaking of the All, the Everything.  Divine is where we are created and where we return at the end of our final reincarnation.  The Yin/Yang represents the two aspects of the Divine, the balance of feminine and masculine.   The Yin is black, dark, passive, encompassing and feminine.  The Yang is white, light, forceful, penetrating, and masculine.   The Yin is form, the bowl, whereas the Yang is force, the water pouring into the bowl.

Yin is the loving mother who opens her arms to receive the embrace of her children.  Her towering strength allows her to remain open, accepting, and allowing.  The Yin represents the subconscious mind and the moon.  Yin is the Goddess.

Yang is the father; assertive, enlightening, and dynamic.  He is the spark that ignites a fire, the initial impulse that arouses us to take action.  The Yang represents the conscious mind and the sun.  Yang is the God.

As you can see, the Yin/Yang is the ultimate symbolism of balance.  Black and White, Feminine and Masculine, Goddess and God; neither are more important than the other.

The Goddess is the female essence of Divine.   She is the Great Mother, the womb through which all life begins and returns.  She is a part of everything and She is everywhere. She is the Earth below us, the air above us, and the food and water we need to survive.   She is the destructive power that allows new life to grow; the fires and the tidal waves, the volcanoes and earthquakes.   She is always with us as we walk our spiritual path whispering encouragement in our ears. 

The Lady is often represented by three archetypes: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.  Exploring these representations can increase our understanding of the Goddess.

The God is the male essence of Divine.   He is the Great Father, the external spark that gets life moving.  Like the Goddess, He is a part of everything and He is everywhere.  He is the fire keeping us warm.  He is the spirit in a group of men defending their homes.  He is the wise man.

The Lord is also represented by three archetypes: the Wild One, the Father and the Sage.  In these aspects, He represents the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.  

E is for Energy

E is for Energy because energy does exists and knowing how to use it will make your life better.  Your life force energy (chi or ki) is the energy which your body naturally produces.   Everywhere around us, through everything around us, we both send out and receive energy. Not only do you produce personal energy, but everything around you does as well, this includes animals, nature, vehicles, buildings, etc.  EVERYTHING is made of energy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

D is for demon

D is for demon because for whatever reason people come to me when they feel they have a demon problem. What do I look like... A Catholic priest?  Now don't get me wrong, I believe in demons, just not the "Christian" demons. 

I don't believe demons come from one source of evil like Satan. I  do believe that some people are so rotten inside, so nasty that when they die they maintain that personality. Just because someone is dead doesn't mean they suddenly become a good person, they don't suddenly become a good person/spirit.  Sometimes just for easy reference I refer to these nasty dead human/spirits as demons.

What bothers me the most is that it seems people refer to every spirit, whether positive or negative, as a "demon" and they usually want to banish said demon.  Before you banish a spirit living in your home ask yourself this... Are you freaked out by the spirit or are you afraid.  Being freaked out is normal... I mean feeling a spirit in the middle of the night is a little freaky... it's kind of like running into a stranger in your home.  Being freaked out usually means the spirit means you no harm and is only trying to find a way to communicate with you.  

There are a number of different ways that spirits communicate with us.  Here are a few of the most common ways:

  • Sudden un-explainable noises 
  • Wall tapping/banging
  • Doors opening and closing with no help or wind
  • Objects moving slightly or into other places
  • Animals staring at high places for no reason
  • Cold spots and/or chills
  • Out of place scents
So before you call Ghostbusters to get rid of your "demon" or "nasty spirit," ask yourself... are you freaked or afraid?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

C is for Curse

C is for Curse... not because I think I'm cursed, but because 25% of the people who come into my shop claim they have been.  It seems to me that people would rather blame a run of bad luck on a curse rather than make some serious changes in their life.

It's not that I don't believe in curses, I just don't believe that most people would take the time to do anything about it.  But just in case... below are a few tips and tricks to dealing with a curse!

Signs and Symptoms

Believe it or not, negative energy, curses, hexes, etc. all have signs and symptoms.  Below are a few of the most common signs.
  • Unbelievable bad luck.  Nothing works out the way it should
  • Constant nightmares, usually involving you fighting or defending against unknown forces
  • Fights and arguments with loved ones
  • Constant personal accidents like falling and bumping into things
  • Sudden illness that seem to last longer than normal, i.e. a cold that lasts for 6 weeks
  • Feeling “unclean” or “dirty”
  • Feelings of being watched
Gaining Control

The best weapon against negativity is counter magick, which consists of protective amulets, candle rituals, herbs and oils that help to remove curses and evil from your life, various psychic defense methods, bindings to render a sorcerer or sorceress powerless, spells to create a protective shield against attacks of black magick, spells to break hexes and curses, and spells that redirect the malevolent energy of a curse back to its sender.  If negativity energy seems to be surrounding you, or you feel that you have been cursed or hexed, the below are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.
  • Stay calm!  Fear helps curses to take effect and empowers negativity energy
  • Cleanse yourself and your sacred space
  • Carry bloodstone (absorbs negative energy), red jasper (returns negative energy to its sender), and clear quartz (magnifies the energy of other gemstones) on your person or place one of each on every window sill in your home
  • Hang a sachet of herbs and gemstones outside your door
  • Call upon your Gods to protect you and yours

Protective herbs

Agrimony     protection; returns hexes to their sender; promotes sleep
Angelica       sprinkle around the house to ward negativity; protection; divination
Betony         burn at Litha for purification; protection; to be rid of nightmares (put in a pillow under your own pillow); to send away despair (sprinkle around doors and windows); psychic awareness
Birch            protection; purification; wards negativity
Blackthorn    returns evil to the sender
Borage         tea aids psychic powers; carry leaves for protection
Burdock       wards negativity, purifies, protects (can be used in washing floors or wear the dried root strung on red thread)
Carnations   protection; altar offering for the Goddess; strength
Comfrey       root or leaves for healing; carry for safe traveling
Cumin          prevents theft; burn for protection
Dill               seeds draw money; leaves for protection; flowers for love
Fennel          protection; sacred to the God; hung over doors at Litha
Ferns           burn indoors for protection; outside for rain
Feverfew      wards sickness; wards accidents in travel
Heather       protection
Marjoram     love; protection; wealth 
Mint             protection; prosperity; altar offering for helpful spirits 
Mugwort       divination; protection
Mullein         protection; divination; health; courage
Mustard        health; protection; fertility
Parsley         purification; protection
Rosemary     burn for purification; wards negativity; protection; love; health; grown to attract elves; blessing; consecration
Rue              blessing; consecration; protection; use in altar oil; health
Sage            protection; wisdom; health
Vervain        gather/burn at Litha; altar offering; love; purification; draws riches; creativity;           wards psychic attacks
Woodruff      add to Beltane wine to clear away barriers; protection; success; changes;      psychic awareness
Wormwood  POISONOUS   if burned, use in well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors; evocation; divination; scrying (stronger if combined with Mugwort) at Samhain; protection; sacred to the moon 
Yarrow         divination; love; happy marriage (a wedding bouquet); wards negativity; defense; protection; gather at Litha

Burn these herbs together for protection: Betony, Cumin, Ferns, Rosemary, Sage, Vervain

Protective Gemstones/Metals
  • Agate
  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Apache’s Tear
  • Calcite
  • Carnelian
  • Citrine
  • Cooper
  • Emerald
  • Garnet
  • Gold
  • Jasper
  • Jet
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Malachite
  • Moonstone
  • Obsidian
  • Ruby
  • Serpentine
  • Silver
  • Sunstone
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Tourmaline, Black
Protective Oils

Bergmont Oil: This oil can be used for protection and to manifest money, power and wealth.  A very powerful oil, not for the novice.

Dragon’s Blood Oil:  This oil is used for breaking the most stubborn of hexes since it is an herb of protection and exorcism.

Frankincense Oil: This is one of the oldest and most revered oils of all and one of the highest vibrations available today.  It is used extensively for protection,          purification and high magick.

Myrrh Oil:  Another of the oldest oils with the highest vibrations.  A favorite for centuries, it is used mainly for luck, healing, love, money and hex breaking.

Sandalwood Oil:  Same in meaning to Myrrh Oil.

Rose Oil:  An essential oil that is used for the protection of women and children.  It is the oil of the Great Mother Goddess.  Good for protection in magick.

Rue Oil:  Especially good for healing and protection, it is a magickal herb oil that will break hexes and restore good health and happiness.

  • Mix Angelica and salt and sprinkle it in the corners of your house
  • Carry Borage leaves
  • Soak Burdock root in the water you use to wash your floors
  • Wear Burdock root strung on red thread
  • Carry Comfrey for safe travel
  • Grow Foxglove in your garden
  • Hang a witch ball (glass ball with strands inside it) in the windows of the house
  • Hang a broom in your house
  • Hang a horseshoe over the door

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

B is for Baby

On December 29, 2012 I gave birth to the most beautiful and perfect little baby boy ever!  At 38 years old, I had long ago given up the idea of ever having a baby of my own and I was ok with that.  I am a truly blessed woman and was perfectly happy with my life. I have a loving husband, a successful business and school, and a family who loves me... what more could a girl ask for?

In May of last year I was stunned to find out I was pregnant.  I knew having a baby would change my life but I had no idea how much things would change... how much I would change.  I use to be a self-professed workaholic working 10 to 12 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week ... now I have to force myself to not only go to work, but to work while I am actually there.  

I am completely mesmerized by my little man.  I love watching him and I am so amazed by everything he does.  His smile lights up my entire universe and his tears break my heart.  I find myself just wanting to watch him so I can see what he'll do next. I love watching the peaceful expression on his face when he sleeps.


Updated:  I was so excited to go home last night that I didn't (a) edit what I wrote and (b) didn't finish writing this blog!

A is for Ask-A-Witch

Being the proud owner of 13 Magickal Moons and a practicing witch means I'm usually a human encyclopedia or personal counselor to almost every customer/client/student who walks into my shop.  Because of this I started the Ask-A-Witch (AAW) program as a way of reaching out to the Wiccan/Pagan community members who don't live in the Northern Virginia area.  Little did I know that AAW would take on a life of its own!

My girlfriend, Jennifer Wells, decided I needed to turn my simple email-your-questions-program into a blog... a popular blog with over 30,000+ views!  AAW receives questions from all over the world and currently has about a 4 week waiting period for responses to questions.

In my mind, AAW was going to be the Dear Abby for Wiccans/Pagans. I envisioned heart felt questions from serious minded practitioners.  I must have been living in an alternate reality because most of the time I open up a new question and think... WTF... seriously?

Dealing with crazy questions and stupid people is nothing new to me (read the upcoming April 6, 2013 post "F is for Freak") because I own a witch shop and many of my customers are... um... eccentric to say the least.  But the level of crazy and stupid I get on AAW is beyond my understanding. The only thing more mind blowing than the questions on AAW are the people submitting them.