Samhain

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Samhain…

The veil of the world of the living and the ones that have passed beyond it, its thin and their spirits are invited to visit with us. Although many believe the veil opens just a few days before Samhain until the first days of November, the veil is thin since the beginning of the month of October until around the second week of November. Samhain is perfect for divination and it seems as if our minds are more receptive at this time. Receiving messages in dreams, thru vision work and meditation.


It is a good time for reflection. The energies around us vibrate with the power this month seems to bring in its wake. These spiritual forces reminds us of the mysteries of life, death, and our connection to all that lives in this planet. Whether human, animal or nature.various-wiccan-images-paganism-17950593-985-1515


Becoming attuned to our own inner frequency which connects to the ones outside our own, is to connect to the never-ending march of time, to the magic which is all around us. It is a blessing that we must cherish, as we walk the journey of the human soul.


Happy Samhain!

Until I write again,

*M*

Copyright© 2016-Witch’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter

First Publication: 2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

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Witch’s Gazette Magickal Newsletter – Pub XII

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader:

Welcome to another installment of my weekly newsletter.

The dear old groundhog has one more been avidly watched by many to find out just how long the Winter season will last. It seems we will see the winter last its full 6 weeks, but are we surprised dear reader? That is after all how much longer the season lasts. Nature will not be rushed. Whether we have a very cold winter (which it is, in the Northeast section of the United States) or milder weather (which, we have in the Southwestern section) it is the Winter season. Poor old groundhog, must be puzzling to him all the hoopla and goings on around this time of year. Perhaps all he wants to do is sleep it off!

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artwork by Wendy Andrew

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:    Technology and all that it entails have brought us together in many ways. Advances in communication has made it easier and faster to connect with one another from one corner of the planet to the next.

Sadly it has drawn us away from our spiritual self. We have come to loose the connection to our ancestral beliefs and to our beautiful planet Earth.

Many see the passing of the year, as only having 4 seasons. But to the spiritual minded and the ones that live their life through the natural pattern of nature, there is awareness that Earth goes through an 8 season cycle. Earth is alive and in constant change. It makes a transition about every 45 days. Although the beginning of each of the four seasons, the Equinoxes and Solstices are times of celebration, the peaks of these three months periods are too.

We live on this powerful and magical planet. We need to show our gratitude for letting us walk on her soil, and sail on her waters, by acknowledging these changes. No matter how far we have come in terms of technology. Earth is a natural energy. The wheel of the year goes on. Every time we see its beauty unfold before our very own eyes. Lets rejoice in the beauty and thank that which sustains our daily life.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL A PEEK AT THE WEEK:

Monday Feb. 2nd- Imbolc. Second quarter. Moon enters Leo at 9:41 a.m.  Leo Moon trines Saturn in Sag.

Tuesday Feb. 3rd.  Full Moon An excellent day. There is a promising alignment of the Leo Full Moon with the expansive Jupiter. This conjunction will happen at 9:31 p.m.  and it will extend their powerful energies through out the week. Positive energies that will help to take care of unresolved issues and bring completion to anything you might have been working on. Take advantage and don’t let this magickal threshold slip you by!

Wednesday Feb. 4th – Begins with the moon void of course (it happened on the conjunction on the night before – 9:31 p.m. PST). Moon enters Virgo at 9:46 pm. PST.

Thursday Feb. 5th – Day begins with a Virgo Moon in place and goes through a sextile – Mercury/Aquarius – Saturn/Sagittarius.  Sextile encourages positive exchange between two planets. It ends with an opposition on Virgo Moon -Venus/Pisces.  Even though the opposition make planets work or struggle against each other,  it is not as difficult as it may seem. They can still come to some type of understanding. It is always good to note what energies the day begins with as well as the ending energies.  This is a good rule of thumb if you are making an important decision for the day.

Friday Feb. 6th – 3rd quarter.  Moon is still in Virgo and it will go void of course at 2:09 p.m. PST.  Jupiter which is in retro mode until April 8th, goes into opposition to the Sun. The opposition helps to detach ourselves from our plans and goals and take a look into them with a neutral perspective. This is a good opportunity  to fine tune those goals and plans to ensure success.

Saturday Feb. 7th – 3rd quarter. Moon enters Libra at 10:44 a.m. PST. A very positive day for any mundane or magickal efforts or activities. There is a trine  between Libra Moon and Mercury/Aquarius 3: 07 pm. PST and two sextiles. One at 6:44 pm. PST between Libra Moon and Saturn/Sagittarius and the last one at 9:53 pm. PST between Libra Moon and Pluto Capricorn.

Sunday Feb. 8th. 3rd quarter. Moon still in Libra. Sunday being a day of the Sun and success, will bring a push to any matter even though aspects are not the greatest for this day. Since the Moon is in waning period, a good day to successfully get rid of unwanted habits, clean out the house/apartment of stuff you do not want anymore, etc.

CARD OF THE WEEK:CAM00276CAM00275

These are from my motivational cards ” I can do it” From Louise Hay. I have drawn the following message: ” I am now willing to be open to the unlimited prosperity that exists everywhere” on one side. An the other side: “Life supplies all my needs in great abundance. I trust life”

I see the message of the card as having the will to grab the energies that are all around us, and make it work for our individual needs. As we trust that life is a constant flow of energy, so we work towards our desires goals, instead of just waiting for things to happen, we MAKE things happen.

MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

The purpose of this week’s tip, is to help you step back, and take a look at the space where you create magick. It is a good idea to periodically pay attention to not only the tools, but the place where magick is conducted. This helps to reconnect to its energies, and bring new insight into your magickal life.

Do you have a space for your magickal work? Do you have a big altar, or a side table? Is your altar mobile? Is it a place you have placed aside for it, that will be just for that? or is it versatile and it doubles (or triples as the need arises) as your dining table or maybe your personal desk?

If you have one specially for magick, what would you do to make it more practical? If you have to make your altar wherever you find space, do you think you could come up with a new, innovative way of creating an altar that can be carried anywhere in your living space? Do you think it could do with an altar “make over”.  Take note of all that you can. Cleanse your altar, as well as your tools. Write down all that comes to mind when you see your altar. What do you feel when you conduct your magick on your altar or your makeshift space for spells?

This exercise will help to bring clarity to your magickal practice as well as opening you to the energies that go into creating your sacred space. Try it for at least a week. You will notice new insights. Remember that the altar is an extension of your belief.

Another week has gone by and with it, ideas, plans and rethinking of goals perhaps. Life lived through a kaleidoscope of moments. Moments that amount memories. What memories, dear reader would you want to look back on as you grow older?

I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!

Until I write again!

*M*

Copyright © 2015 by M

First Publication:

2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

This e-book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy,recording or any information storage and retrieval system now known to be invented, without permission in working with the publisher. All rights reserved.

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub X

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader: Welcome once more. I hope the week has gone by well for all of you. There are so many topics I wish I could talk about, all at once! but alas dear reader, I cannot stuff this short newsletter with all the things I have in mind for the Witch’s Gazette. As a rule, I try not to read the current news from the internet. It is really my life’s philosophy not to aggravate my days with bad news from every corner of the planet. This  I choose to do, not to close my eyes to reality, but to keep a sane mind, and be objective whenever I do read them. Having said that, it is also impossible not to be touched by the global dramas and tragic stories. With this in mind…

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:  When we hear or read about a global issue that its tragic to the point of almost disbelief we tend to shield ourselves almost automatically. This “shielding” its done through perhaps a mental process of closing our mind to the “ugly” side of humanity and think that it’s so far away, how can it possibly affect us?  This is but human nature.

With Imbolc so close now, a natural point of the Season and one of our 4 mayor Sabbats, it strikes my mind, as such disparate energies playing out on this planet. On one hand we have the recent attack at the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the tragic events in Northern Nigeria with terror group Boko Haram, terrorizing the communities of that part of Africa. Plus a host of so many sad events on a global scale. On the other hand we have nature slowly awakening from the winter slumber. It awakens each part of the soil, so that it can be revived again, and bring nature to life.  Tragic human deeds against the hopeful energies of Earth. Beauty of nature against the horror perpetrated to incredible extremes.

I will not go into depth about each of the happenings going on as I write this article, I am not a seasoned journalist. For that dear reader you have a host of hundreds of links that will keep you be up to snuff on such political deeds. But, what I am is a spiritual practitioner. One who practices one of the most ancient beliefs. I respect the Earth, and the seasons. I respect each passing day for what it is, a gift. I am not going to even try to make you think that magick will cure all, for on its own its nothing. But when combined with the human will, and a strong belief behind it, it can be used to create at least a beginning. Earth needs healing, and through this healing so can humans start the healing process as well. Perhaps the actions of the planet itself are a reflection, a response if you will; of the pain that the Spirit of the planet, must feel. When we have natural disasters, have you ever wondered if it’s not perhaps Earth trying to make us understand that we are destroying that same soil upon which we stand? Perhaps it is trying as well to remind us that we each have a spark of the Spirit of Earth, but we have forgotten our way. We need to respect and nurture that which sustains our lives.

Will my words make a global difference? I know it won’t (although I wish it would).  But if these words make a difference in the hearts of the people that read this blog, then meager as it may seem it is a beginning. It is true what I read a long time ago, that all starts with a step. A single step that is all. It need not be dramatic, or broadcasted to the world wide web, but it need come from an understanding that we must change, we are the beings living in this world, therefore we are the change. After all is said and done, what can we do, where do we start, and what does Imbolc have to do with it?

IMBOLC/CANDLEMAS:seed

Imbolc/ Oimelc/ Candlemas/ Festival of Lights. Imbolc celebrates the return of the Sun, when Winter is almost at an end. This is the feast of the waxing light as the Sun grows and strengthens. It corresponds with Groundhog day here in the United States.

It is believed through lore, in ancient times people would light candles or torches,  through out their homes after sunset to welcome the returning light after the dark of the Winter season. The symbolic act of lighting candles is to invite the Spirit of Earth to wake gradually and peacefully from its long slumber. As Imbolc is the Maiden aspect of the divine Goddess, represented through one of her main colors: yellow, it is a time for healing as well. This is one of the facets of the Goddess invoked on Imbolc. As Winter recedes Spring approaches, thus making it a time for early seeding. In a spiritual sense it is a time to plant the “seeds.” Goals and projects you want to come to fruition during the coming months.

Why not light candles to represent the healing for Earth and humanity? This can be done with a symbolic act of placing a packet of seeds on your altar to represent the first step, that first seed, planted for a better world to live on. I am not proposing this act will bring an instant change, but it will send a message onto the Universe. There are people on this planet, that wants the change, needs the change and that we are ready to start the healing.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK-

Monday January 19th – Mars conjuncts Neptune.  The influence of Neptune on Mars translates to: creativity, aided by the go getter Mars, it becomes a sure fire way to make whatever inspires you, solid.

Tuesday January 20th: New Moon, with the Moon aspecting Aquarius. The moon is at it closest to Earth. This makes for a powerful day and week ahead. There are no oppositions or squares on this day, the first New Moon of the year. Excellent day for magickal and mundane endeavors.

Wednesday January 21st: Mercury which is also in Aquarius will turn retrograde at 7:54 a.m. PST and it will end on February 11 at 6:57 a.m. PST.

Remain flexible during the Merc Retro. Just step back and determine where you have been these past weeks and think of ways you can use this time to re-organize your life (if needed).

Thursday January 22nd.: Moon enters Pisces at 4:28 a.m. Excellent day to expand your horizons through magickal work.

Friday January 23rd.: Pisces continues to rule the day. Pisces and Venus combined are perfect for spell castings to draw forth money, make wishes (Venus loves giving you things, all she wants to do is make you happy), and work on beauty goals.

Saturday January 24th: Moon enters Aries at 5:31 a.m. Aries Moon sextiles the Aquarius Sun – Active exchange is encouraged under the sextile. Make use of the qualities of Fire and Air. Make those dreams take off the ground.

Sunday January 25th: The moon is still on Aries. Sunday a day of success. Another sextile this time, Aries Moon sextiles Mercury/Aquarius (just remember Mercury is retro by now) and a Trine between Aries Moon- Jupiter in Leo. The day is yours to do what you wish, seize the day!

CARD OF THE WEEK:

CAM00262The Chess Queen:

Upright – (Ally) As an aid to bring prosperity and peace. It also tells you to trust the Divine,  allow Her to guide you  to take the right steps. When you are aligned with her light, you are open to Universal messages. Follow your bliss, listen to Her positive message of love.

MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

Get 13 candles (votives or tea lights) – Red or Yellow. Bless and empower. Create a circle with your petition in the middle. Place yellow flowers next to the candles. Make or buy a small broom (to represent sweeping out the old) and light your ring of “fire” on the day of Imbolc – Monday February 2nd. Second quarter. Moon in Leo (at 9:41 a.m. PST)

You can use this same set up (if you wish) to  do the above suggestion candle spell (Healing for Earth). You can empower your spell work by burning a blend of Basil, Benzoin and Myrrh incense.

Seeds for your spell work can be either : Pumpkin, sesame or Sunflower, to represent  growth.

As I wrap up my Magickal newsletter and I re-read the words I have written, I cannot help but hope that the energies conveyed through my humble musings, are taken in the spirit in which is given. A spirit of hope for a better tomorrow. I know this takes time, and work.. and more work. Belief alone does not create changes. People create changes. We have been given the gift of choice. As we have the choice to fall into a dismal hole of despair and cruelty, so do we have the power to raise above it.

I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!

Until I write again!

*M*

Copyright © 2015 by M

First Publication:

2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

This e-book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy,recording or any information storage and retrieval system now known to be invented, without permission in working with the publisher. All rights reserved.

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