Beyond Angels – The Other Spiritual Guides

Hello dear reader! Welcome back. Another post on my magickal blog. I have been mentally chewing on this next theme. It is something I had an idea of writing for a while but was always put in the back-burner.

Spiritual Guides its something that many think about. Whether it is believed or not we have one. Or whether they are all exclusively Angels.

I don’t believe this is the case.  That Angels hug the whole “guardian” territory. There are plenty other beings and creatures of the Astral and beyond that present themselves to us, through the years. It might be a one-time occurrence or it could be someone who sticks with us until the end of our lives.

Yes, the guide of choice for many is Angels. Perhaps due to the fact that they cross over most cultures around the world. There are countless tales, oral and written about their existence. Whatever the spiritual belief or lack of belief. Angels are believed to be the ultimate guardian of human existence.

On the other hand, there are countless tales as well, of other creatures or beings that appear to people from time to time or are always present. These can be shown in the form of an animal spirit. The spirit of an old ancestor that comes across dimensions to help and guard. It can even be demons (yes, dear reader, you read well) which come across the astral veil to help. Why these creatures choose to help us one time or another is a mystery that is revealed (or not) to each individual if they get past their fear of sensing, or seeing a being from the beyond by their side.

Why do we need to be guarded, protected or guided from time to time? Why are some chosen to have this type of help and others might not? It could be that the spirit of the being helping might have been related to the person. If an animal spirit (other than an old pet that has passed away) graces our lives with their presence, perhaps there is something that Universe wants to convey through their pure essence. Animal spirits are actually one of the purest forms of energy. They are untouched by human tragedy, dramas and hang-ups of our mortality. Even more so than Angels, demons or any other Avatar that walked through this Earth of ours. Those have been too entrenched in our human history and we have given them so many human traits, that the line between their otherworldly existence is blurred by our own need to bring them down to our own human level.

Animal spirits are special messengers, who bring us either a message of comfort or guide us for a little while in an important part of our journey. It is up to each individual to decipher their presence and message.

I think many people do have special guardians or messengers, whom they are not even aware of. They go through their life journey, not knowing that indeed, they were guided through some instances or situations in their life.

It is not as simple as that of course. Bad things happen to really good people. Those are the ones,  one would think, need the most a helping hand from anyone out there watching our human comedy. That is really a whole separate post and one that would take too long, to delve into. For now, what I want to convey in this post is that there are other beings out there, who exist. Not only the exclusive territory of Angels. But why do they appear to us? It could be either that when we were still pure Soul energy made a deal with some other being out there. Before signing up for another human journey. Or because we have something important to accomplish. Which is tied up to the Universal thread of our human existence. Which in turn, helps the wheels of Universal existence to continue churning along.

Most importantly, we must realize that it is up to us to understand their role in our human journey. Why they appear to us. What is it that they want us to do.  These are valid questions, which we should ask, if as I said before, we get past the mentality that it is a “scary” situation, and perhaps we should just not think about and it will go away. If you dear reader, can see or hear them, then so can they. Talk to them. Ask why they are there. Do not hesitate to request a clear explanation, not one riddled with mystery. Our journey is hard enough, without having to deal with things we do not understand. We have enough of those.

We must own our own “reality” and see things for what they are. Whether from this physical plane or another. The better we understand their presence the better we can shed light on our personal journey.

The universe is made up of more than just Angels. There is a wide and vast place out there, inhabited by beings beyond our wildest imagination. Open your mind to that wonder and let your inner mind take you on a wild ride of exploration.

“the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else,”

Diane Ackerman

Until I write again,

*M*

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Altars, a Magickal Portal

Dear Reader: Welcome back! Another installment of your magickal newsletter has finally arrived. I am excited to be be back ready for another year of magickal blogging. Spring is here, Earth is awakening from the long Winter slumber, and that energy that permeates through the soil and plants seems to transfer to us humans as well. We feel the urge to purge home and selves of negative and stale energy collected throughout the Winter season.

I have several topics already lined up for the weeks to come, I think the following topic is a good one to kick-start this year’s blog. Let us begin!

The subject for this week’s post is Altars. Their uses and how to enhance, or set up one for spiritual work.

Altars have been in use since the early civilizations.  Although it has been suggested that they go as far back as the Paleolithic Age, there is no actual sustained evidence as to this. But! It is from Paleolithic Age that, the connection to our ancestors to help in daily life, which was survival and hunting for them, had its beginning. From there further along our human history, other cultures began to make the connection between ancestor worship and setting up “special” places (altars) to connect directly to their essence.

Fast forward to the modern times, and the idea of altars in the home has been infused into our “subconscious collective” to the point that without conscious thought, we create little islands of special knickknacks, pictures etc. around ourselves.

For example, a wall in your home, which is dedicated to family pictures, is an outward need to honor those who are part of our blood “tribe.” It is a way of expressing the love we have for them, whether they are alive or not. Far away or nearby.  This, we may do unconsciously. Without a thought that what we are doing, is honoring our roots, our family.

Knowing that there is intent behind the action, brings a different layer to those special places in the home we choose to set up as an altar. There is no set or fast rule as to how many altars we should have. After all, spiritual needs vary, we are not only confined to let’s say an altar for love matters. We can have a different one in several corners of our home. Or just have a general one. Which we change according to the magickal work. We can even set up altars according to the compass points and follow the Feng Shui school of thought.

We can also have seasonal altars. Changing the theme to suit the current seasonal months. The creative has no limits really. It is up to us, to figure out, what is it we want to accomplish by setting up an altar. So, taking this into account, what are the themes and items utilized for setting up an altar?

A general list of items:

  • Statues or pictures of a deity or representation of Goddess/God, etc. In the case of let’s say, a representation of the Goddess, small knickknacks of butterflies,  fresh flowers, or a picture that to you represents Her energy for example.
  • Candles. Candle holders.
  • Incense holder, for when you burn your incense. Or incense sticks all ready for next time you activate the altar’s energies.
  • Water in a pretty cup, which is only used for the purpose of a blessing extension of your altar.
  • Crystal/Tumbled stones either in groups on small plates or one per each corner of the altar.
  • What I call a “request” vehicle. This can be a plate, a bowl, even a pretty planter which its used for petition papers or small items that might be found on walks. Like small feathers, sticks, leaves, stones etc.
  • You can choose to have a bare surface or place an altar cloth. Altar cloths can be made if you are crafty, washed with blessing herbs (by hand is better the first time if you are using herbs). Then after drying, you could iron it, spray with a blessing blend before its placed on the altar. Or you can just buy something that calls your whimsy and still go through the same blessings process.
  • Also, items that hold a special significance for you. This varies from person to person. Go with what feels right in your heart.
  • Flowers. Fresh flowers are best. You do not have to have flowers each day of the week, but whenever you can, or when working your magick! It is not necessary to break the bank to accomplish this part. Flowers from your garden, no matter how small. Even herbs that flower, like for example Lavender or Basil, Rosemary etc. Or from the supermarket. You can find low prices for a small bunch of pretty flowers.

As I mentioned before, you can make it seasonal and add items that represent the season, like seashells for the summer season or leaves to represent Autumn.  Or for example, it can be like the picture to your right, a one-time altar. A temporary Altar set-up which you will use for a special petition.

 

The following are a couple of examples of the altar setups:

The one below was provided by a lovely friend of mine. This is how her altar looks most of the time. She changes according to the season. In the example below, she wanted a representation of Spring, thus the ladybug teapot and the flower petals around her petition candle. As you see, through the items around the centerpiece, she reflects and engages her belief in the magick created in her special place.

Personal altar

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice Garden Altar

 

This is a temporary garden altar I put up a couple of years back. It was used for a Summer solstice ritual.  As a conduit of the magickal work for that specific day. It created a connection between the beginning work and the way I chose to close it. After several hours it was dismantled and brought it inside the home.

 

If you are into gardening and love all things nature, then an altar in a corner of your garden, can be constructed or set up an as a special place to connect more directly to mother Earth. It can be as simple or complex as you want to make it.

After all, altars, are a personal expression and extension of your spiritual life, practice, and creativity. Each unique and special. There are plenty more ideas which you can incorporate into it.

The above are only suggestions and basic tools for the setup.

The most important thing is that it is created with a deep understanding of your spiritual needs. Knowing that what you are creating is a connection to Goddess, Universe, etc. A place where you spark your whimsy, rest your worries, heal, and let your soul soar from a place rooted in love and belief.

I hope, that with this post I am leaving something, a little nugget of re-discovery.  Something that engages your imagination. Which in turn will spark your personal passion and transform your quest of all magickal.

Thank you for being part of this magickal blog!

Until I write again,

*M*

Copyright© 2018-Witch’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter

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 is now known to be invented, without permission in working with the publisher. All rights reserved.

Total Solar Eclipse – Spiritual Shift

Dear reader: Welcome to the newest post of the Witch’s Gazette. I hope your weekend has been going well.  We are one day away from the much-anticipated Total Solar Eclipse.

It will be the first in 38 years to be seen in the U.S.A.  Across the United States many will be able to see the total eclipse, while in other cities it will only be seen as a partial one. No matter whether you will see it in its totality or just a glimpse of it. The astrological significance alone, has many wondering what global and/or personal changes will happen.

The Solar Eclipse continues with the Leo theme…ooh! Leo must be feeling the warmth and attention! But, it is due to the grandeur of Leo’s energies that tomorrow’s total eclipse has been so much scrutinized even before the actual event. Everywhere on the internet, you see news about it. Hypothesis and theories are flying high! but lest we forget, eclipses bring changes not only outwardly, but as well to our inner beings. Our souls.

Total solar eclipse occur every 18 months. This is seen by many as the beginning of a brand new spiritual phase. On a personal level, perhaps a transformation that began stirring last year, during that total solar eclipse, will see its conclusion on this next one. Maybe not a spectacular change, but one that will bring a new direction.

The energy carried and released during a solar eclipse, is magnified at the exact moment of the eclipse. This intense energy, creates confusion in many and might make one feel unsettled.  Such energy, cannot really be garnished and or directed towards spiritual efforts. The best thing is just to sit it out and be an observer, and just enjoy the event for what it is. By doing this, it might bring clear insight of what changes are coming on the personal level

Mercury retrograde, will tone down the eclipse’s impact. But nevertheless, the power of the eclipse will be felt.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

When: August 21st. 2017

Day of the Week :Monday Moon and Sun in Leo (until it goes void of course at the moment the Moon is new)

Moon Phase: New Moon – Will happen at 11:30 a.m. PST

Celestial Event: Total Solar Eclipse ( a partial one everywhere else outside of the belt of the total solar eclipse) will happen

at 10:21 a.m. PST

Duration: 2 hours 39 mints.

SPIRITUAL KEYWORDS:

Transformation

New spiritual phase

End of something

Culmination (and beginning)

Lets not forget we do have the New Moon happening as well. At the moment of the Lunar phase change, the Moon goes Void of Course for about 2 hrs. when Moon will aspect Virgo.

Even without the Solar Eclipse happening, we would still need to wait out the Void of course to start working on new Moon goals and projects.

Sun will aspect Virgo Tuesday August 22nd and the spotlight will be on this Earthy sign!

But for now, I wish you dear reader to have a lovely week ahead. Observe the Solar eclipse with equanimity and keep your mind and soul open, for any new opportunities ahead in your personal journey.

 

Until I write again,

*M*

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Lunar Eclipse-Full Moon. Perilous or not?

Dear Reader: Welcome to another publication of my Witch’s Gazette.  Interesting things are happening up above, with the celestial bodies. We have a charged Full Moon coming up Monday, August 7th.

Not only a Full Moon but, a Lunar Eclipse and the Moon in aspect to that rebellious sign: Aquarius! Already it sounds like a good drama worth watching, and we might think “Its gonna be so good!” So get your popcorn ready, and together lets navigate the landscape of the heavens..

A Lunar eclipse occurs during a Full Moon. Spiritually speaking, the Moon represents the feminine, nurturing, changeable, moody. She is the archetype Mother. The one in control of emotions,

An eclipse is charged with the energy happening at the moment of the eclipse. The Lunar eclipse brings changes, so it is wise to take advantage, and create any changes we want to make manifest. It is a moment of shadows and light. Illuminating the unseen and creating a bit of havoc, making us feel as if we are out of control. But wait! this is just the beginning!

A Full Moon, illuminates that which, has been in the shadows. On a personal level, it brings “illumination” if what we are seeking are answers to a particular situation for example. On other levels, it might bring out to the light, aspects of our lives or others of those close to us, which we might need to take a look at and decide if what we see is something we are happy with, or not.

What comes to the surface, can run the complete gamut of deep-rooted emotions, and hidden motives. It can also bring insights, needed to move forward, and show us where the best opportunities lay in the way ahead. With the Lunar eclipse combined with Full Moon, the situation is heightened. Choices you did not have before will appear as if from nowhere (surprises). Because of the charged celestial happening, things move faster, maybe forcing us to make decisions without much thought for the consequence. But, the very nature of a Lunar eclipse, urges one, to think twice before making a decision. Dig deeper into your own motives, and re-think the best course of action. Doing this, will help to change personal plans with a better outcome.

The plot thickens! We have not touched upon Aquarius yet.  This astro sign, is reigned by Uranus (modern ruler) Uranus urges one to express our individuality. Like Aquarius, this planet is intellectual and not too emotional. Some of the things Uranus rules are independence, upheaval, revolution and changes to the “status quo.” It also rules the unexpected in the form of surprises.  Although computers are said to be the domain of Uranus, remember that Mercury (communication) also rules technology.  Aquarius under this planet, is rebellious. Likes to shake things up, and turn around what is not needed to make space for something better, something more innovative. Aquarius looks to the future and ways to help humanity. It also likes to break boundaries and bring change.

Just a note here, Uranus, which went retrograde on August 2nd. might soften all these energies brought about by the Lunar eclipse/Full Moon. We might still get computers snafus, or little irritations with any of our technology run favorite devices and places.  Talking about technology, the Uranus retrograde its good to clean up your email inbox and trash files. Also good to let go of all those old pictures and unused files, just hanging needlessly in the recycle bin.

Lets not forget the power of the Full Moon alone, brings fruition to plans we have been working on since the last Full Moon. Magickal work may manifest. We can also utilize this time to reflect on the things we have accomplished and the things we still would like to make a reality.

To recap:

Lunar Eclipse+Full Moon+Aquarius = Changes, surprises, illumination, decisions, thinking twice, grab opportunities. Be ready for the unexpected!

The Lunar eclipse will start at 8:50 a.m. PST and end at 1:50 p.m. PST.

Full Moon: 11:10 a.m. PST

And as a final note,  remember, eclipses happen in pairs, we still have the total Solar eclipse (New Moon) to look forward to, on August 21st. We have not had one in 38 years! That will be interesting..

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light.
Above all things reverence thyself.
– Pythagoras

 

Until I write again,

*M*

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First Publication: 2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

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Old Man Winter

victorian-woman-writing-letterDear Reader: Hello and welcome to the first newsletter of this brand new cycle. The holiday rush has finally passed and we are on the brink of a new life adventure.

Old man winter has settled and its comfortable, smoking a pipe. Sitting at his favorite chair close to a window, from which he can watch the world and control these cold days.. and perhaps reading a favorite book. Winter makes us feel as if we want to hibernate and sleep as many hours as we can. It brings a sense of waiting, pausing and putting on hold those goals we have for the new cycle. It gives us time to dream about them. Giving shape to the not yet manifested.

While Winter it’s here, the world seems to be seen from a different lens, a lens that helps to see old-man-winterthrough it, the not distant past of the old year, and have “aha!” moments. Get wisdom from hindsight, and maybe have a laugh or two about the silly things we did, thought or said. It is good to have a sense of humor about our own fallacies. It is healthy to appreciate that human nature being what it is, will makes us do things that in reflection might make us wince at the memory, but also learn from whatever mistake we made. The key here is not to allow ourselves to wallow in “why or why” feelings or self-pity.

The key here, is to: Reflect, Learn, and Move on! There is nothing for it, but just continue the journey, albeit with new knowledge about our own selves, and the world around us.  The world will continue to spin, the sun will continue to shine, and nature to evolve.

January is the threshold into the new cycle. It is the door through which we will walk into the rest of the months. It is not for us to jump mindlessly into the maelstrom of the unknown, but quietly rest, as I mentioned previously, re-set our inner clock, re-charge and wait. Follow your own natural cycle, if the body is asking for rest, then do so. If the mind is restless for lack of a break, then give it one. If the heart feels a bit heavy, a bit disillusioned that the “magic” of the holiday did not stick around, then accept the fact that holiday expectations are set too high. The last month of every year it is only that..another month. Albeit one adorned with holiday celebrations, but that is all. The outward pressure put on this holiday alone, is too much to bear for many, thus creating depression and a sense of helplessness.

hibernationThat is why its important that January is taken for rest and  to reflect. We can still get rid of old junk, cleanse the home, organize our minds, and the clutter around the house. Watch movies with the family, have coffee with friends, bake something you love, and just enjoy this season. With global warming Winter is getting shorter and shorter, why waste it with worries, or stress?

Don’t sweat it if you do not have yet written your goal list. Work on it, as ideas come to you. From lived personal experience, I work on goals as baby steps to getting them manifested. Lesson learned from past stress due to a feeling of not living to my own expectations. Relax those expectations, be kind to yourself and above all know, that no one knows of your personal goal list…only you (unless you have posted the list on all your social media pages, which definitely puts the pressure on). Or don’t make one, the choice is always yours.

Remember..Nature itself is asleep, animals hibernate, and wait for it to awaken. We are part of  the natural cycle of Earth. Lets move with the natural flow, to help us strike a balance between body and the soul, heart and mind.

Until I write again,

*M*

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First Publication: 2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

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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*

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The Turning of the Season

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear reader: Welcome back. Finally! September is here. A couple more weeks and we are rid of the summer season. Earth prepares in its own way for the next season to come.

We prepare for Autumn as well. We start to make small changes.  Perhaps putting away summer clothing or even decorations that reflected the summer days. Now we can look forward to cooler weather, shorter days and cozy nights. Although the warm days are still felt the days are shorter now, the heat starts to subside by evening hours which  is a nice break we welcome.

This month started out with a bang! We had a new Moon in Virgo last Thursday. A Solar eclipse to make it more interesting and of course we are now in the midst of a Mercury retrograde.

sunAlthough we have days ahead filled with squares and oppositions we also have Trines, Conjunctions, and Sextiles. So not all is lost or doomed to failure. It is always good to look for and find the bright side of things.

You can plan accordingly if you wish to create, change, start etc., any project or goal. Depending on the planetary hour and which planets are in accord for your spiritual work.

Magickal work is ideally conducted at the optimum hours, and correct astrological influence/days. Of course when one needs to work magick, one does not wait until the right ‘alignment’ comes along. We must do with what we have at hand; at any given notice.

There is no magickal formula or words that can be said in the face of a square or opposition that will make the planets move aside so that you can go your merry magickal way and do your ‘thing.’ That is  a waste of time. Why? The planets are going through what the natural flow of the Universe dictates. They do not have special ‘feelers’ that know when people are doing magick and need a bit of clearance for the work to be done. They are not entities, but planets. Doing what they were meant to do, for thousands of eons.

B-witch 2So lets say you need to perform magickal work. How will this be achieved in the midst of a Square for example? Squares are difficult and challenging since it creates resistance between two planets. The positive side of a Square (yes it does have one) is that it points out where a person can see the block or problem (whatever goes wrong during a square personally) and realize where positive changes can be made. For example if someone needs to protect in the midst of Squares and Opposition, the personal petition paper must contain a soothing astrological element, which could be the Moon for example, Also the person’s astrological sign, and a sigil of protection (the pentagram for example). Adding as well the symbol for a planet which has a compatible element to at least one of the planets that are in Opposition or Square. So if you have a challenge with a Water element planet you will use an Earth element planet symbol to balance the work and ground it.

Prepare by creating sacred space. A meditation before starting the work its ideal. It grounds your mind and your resolve. You create a shield around you. Be firm in your magickal intent…meaning, you believe that what you are about to work on spiritually, will become in the physical.

magicianEmpower your work even more by making or putting together, something which to you represents your magickal intent. Place your petition in a charm, or bless something that means protection to you personally. Add more power to the work with candle magick. The list goes on. Your own creativity in the matter and that which comes from the heart is what will make it yours.

What I want to convey, is that there is always a way in which one can utilize energies to one’s benefit. Sometimes too if we can, just by waiting out until the astrological elements fit our work, another way of working on our goal might be found. The point is to utilize what knowledge we have, tools at our disposal and a little ingenuity to find different “roads” shall we say to manifest the magick into something tangible.

Don’t let the Oppositions, Squares and retrogrades scare you into a corner of immobility. If really nothing can be done, then time is well spent by just meditating, or organizing your magickal area, cleaning your magickal tools. Perhaps make something new for your altar, or buy something that will enhance the beauty of your personal sacred space. Write on your personal/magickal journal. Or just relax. Do nothing, take walks. See what interesting things you might find while walking out in nature. Time is never wasted if we open our minds to the endless flow and possibilities of the Universe.

josephine wall crownWell dear reader, I have reached the end of this week’s Witch’s gazette.  I always wonder if I have left something worthwhile for you to ponder. At the least I hope, it will open a door in your mind to embark upon your own journey of discovery. May your wanderings always bring you back here weekly, to peruse the aisles of my humble newsletter.

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

 

Until I write again,

*M*

Copyright© 2016-Witch’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter

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.