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*

Copyright© 2017-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.

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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.

 

Bringing a Sense of Wonder – Color In Magick

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader: Hello and welcome to another post from the Magickal Gazette. As summer nears the end of its season, the sun starts to shine harder as it uses the last of the season’s power.

As I was sitting down, ruminating about summer’s end and preparing to work on my post, I noticed the colors reflected on the wall behind my desk from a small butterfly prism hanging at my balcony window.  The colors making a lovely rainbow through the wall, moving this way and that.  It seemed for a moment, as if the wind and the glass butterfly were playing a game only they knew about.

That brought to mind, a topic I have wanted to explore in this blog. In my previous post I talked about the power of Blue. Now in this one, I want to broaden the range of colors and how it can be used for magickal purposes.

The effect of color on the human psyche and emotions is a well know fact. Like music which  has a range of vibrational ripples that affect the emotions so do colors affect us as well. We even have phrases like:

” I am feeling blue” or “seeing red.” We have come to subconsciously acknowledge the effect of colorscolormagick (2) and this is not something that is a phenomenon of the modern age, but rather goes back centuries. It is believed that occultists created a code, which they could refer to whenever they performed magickal work. The belief in the power of the color red, to name one, goes back to Roman times. Back then, it symbolized the sacred liquid of life and the sacred flame. Silver, was associated with the moon and believed to held power over the astral world and Blue being the color of the sky was associated with divine blessings.

Just as color with its vibrational energy; is used to enhance a living space it can also be used in magickal work. There are various ways to attain the desired effect in any particular magickal endeavor.

The most obvious one is colored bottles,  to store items like blessed water,  incense, oils or even small tumbled stones.

colormagick (3)Lights can be shined through a stained glass and the colored light that comes through it, can be focused on talisman, petition, charm, stone, water etc. Anything you can think of to be charged for magickal work.

For example an oil that is meant to be for money, can be placed in a green bottle and this in turn placed on a windowsill were the light of the Sun and the Moon will shine on it, and empower the oil with their natural energy.

When you empower an item with color as a filter, sunlight is used first as the Sun will imbue the vibratory essence of the color. After which, the Moon light will be used to imbue the metaphysical property of the color.

Other things to take into consideration to charge your items: Moon phase and the season of the year. Both will determine the type of vibratory energy your item receives through the chosen color. Seasons like moon phases each bring their own energy, thus Spring and Summer are for things of growth, Autumn for harvest and Winter for reflection and gathering energy.

The waxing moon, for things of “growth” like plans, income, health (to make it stronger) gain. The waning moon phase is used to work on things we want to diminish (weight loss for example), get rid of and protection, etc.

Prepare accordingly with the days of the week, astrological sign and moon phase. This means that you can choose a day to use the sunlight energy and then wait for the correct lunar phase to finish empowering your item with color on a different day.

Once your item is charged, re-empower each Full moon under the lunar energies.

A short list of color for magick, this is not an all inclusive list. Just enough to start you off.

Gold- success, wealth

Green – Money, growth, renewal, employment,

Purple- Success, wisdom, protection

Red – health, will power

Yellow – intellect, creativity, success

Regardless of how color is utilized in one’s life, whether for magick or just every day living, color has the power to uplift the mood, calm the mind and energize the will power. Like music, color is needed to help us in our human journey.

As I wrap up today’s post, I look up again at the wall and notice the prism lights are disappearing as Earth moves away from the Sun into the afternoon hours. I recapture in my mind the wonder I felt when I first saw the colors earlier on, reflecting the colors of the rainbow.  Like a child watching a prism for the first time, it is that sense of wonder, that we need to keep within our heart, for it is such moments, that help us to see the beauty around us.

dreamUntil 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.

 

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub IV

Dear Reader:

Greetings and welcome to another installment of this  weekly newsletter! A maelstrom of energies all colliding in this; the last month of the Gregorian calendar. December happens with a flurry of activities, that carries along in its rush, even the strongest of mind.

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS:

Another month that has many running around trying to “close” the year in good erh..cheer. If you notice dear reader, life has us by the ears. Always rushing, trying to make it on time to our individual destinations. December is the worst of all! Being the last, it brings a wrongly perceived idea that we have to, nay!  we must! finish all we started  during the 11 months already past.  Or our lives (we think) won’t be the same! I beseech you to stop for a moment and just breath, that is right. Breath in an out, one, two, breath. There, don’t you just feel a little bit better?  It’s all in the breathing dear reader, all in the breathing. We have to keep our perspective in place and just keep calm.

HOLIDAY CHEER:

Ah! the joy of decorating with all those ornaments and crafty items, stashed away for a whole year. Getting that tree up for the holiday. Out comes the box (or boxes) from the storage place, garage, closet or under bed organizer! Some put up their holiday ornaments right at the beginning of the month, while others procrastinate and still others avoid it like the plague.  It affects us all, whether we want to or not. My household is no exception to this rule. Although I was all for postponing this event, it is a promise to one of my brood that had me unpacking, and dusting off several stored nick-knacks of the season. There I was dear reader feeling quite “grinchy” muttering under my breath at the chore I had to perform. So I strove for a cheerful mood, thinking it was all for a good cause (making one of mine happy) even if meant mustering the courage to once more look at all that  holiday color. To boost said courage, I started to hum along some crazy song I made up on the spot. When suddenly! I realized… I was humming Christmas music!!! gasp!! like the Grinch in the movie I was quite upset at this happening.   Just like he felt when he was rhyming so I felt when I was caroling! nooo! Immediately, I opened up my playlists  and played music that has nothing to do with the season. Phew! that was a close call! The dangers of the season dear reader are many. Beware of that holiday cheer! OK, moving on…

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS:

What  you may ask do we have for this week?

Jupiter enters it retrograde period Monday December 8th at 12:41 pm. (PST) it will stay retrograde until April 8th, 2015 when it ends at 9:57 a.m. Jupiter begins it  Retrograde in front of the constellation of Leo. Whatever is ruled by Jupiter is put on hold, lets say. Jupiter is expansive and enthusiastic, during the retrograde period we might feel we lack the enthusiasm to pursue bigger goals.  Retrogrades are periods of taking the time to listen to our inner wisdom. With the philosophy that is part of Jupiter, it helps re-evaluate our goals. Any retrograde is a period of just taking a breather, and taking advantage of going through our lists (mental or physical) of things we can do in the meantime, while waiting for the retro to be over. Jupiter on Leo puts a pause on traveling, activities planned outside the humdrum of ordinary life.

On December 10th at 8:42 a.m. (PST) Venus enters Capricorn.  A good match if you want to purchase anything that is a big ticket item for the home. It brings a practical side on our finances (Capricorn influence) letting us find the best deal to fit our budget.  With Jupiter the planet of finance on retro period, this is something positive, as that sector is on hold. Better go with the flow and not make any big changes in our financial goals.

December 11th at 10:20 a.m. (PST) there is a Moon/Leo trine to Sun/Sagittarius. This happening on a Thursday brings up a feeling of enthusiasm, which is in turn brings a positive attitude all around.

Not a very dramatic week, which is good, as we don’t want added energies to the already hectic pace of the month.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK –

ARIES: You will be getting a bit of an ego boost this week. Recent changes in your physical appearance (hairstyle, how you dress, weight loss etc) will be getting noticed. You are high in the magnetic attraction index. Your attitude  could be changing as a result. Suddenly it is a different world. Seize the day! Lucky number: 2

TAURUS: You may find yourself in a bit of a financial challenge. You have several priorities right now that involve health, security, friendships and family. You may be forced to make a compromise. Do what you know is the right thing. Lucky number: 4

GEMINI: Your thoughts just need to come out, no matter how strange they seem. Speak out. The worst that can happen is you put your foot in your mouth in front of some companions. The existing state of affairs does stink, and you are just the one to say so. Don’t be afraid to show your grasp on the matter at hand! Lucky number: 7

CANCER: You are finding new ways to communicate with loved ones and family members. You may be making an addition to your home to accommodate a larger family. Their security and safety will be on your mind. Lucky number: 5

LEO:  Due to your open and friendly conduct, people provide you with positive feedback that  you find extremely helpful. An atmosphere of mutual support develops, which is beneficial for everyone in your life. Don’t forget, you have that  wonderful energy of Jupiter since July of this year. Make good used of it! Lucky number: 3

VIRGO:  You’ll have no luck forcing your way out of a tricky work situation with an uncooperative employer or other authority figure. Work  on a better solution, ask advice if needed. Lucky number: 1

LIBRA: Avoid any confrontations with the people you care about most, to prevent misunderstandings. Instead concentrate all your efforts on simple routine matters. Lucky number: 5

SCORPIO: A partner or associate could help bring financial assistance just when it is needed. Not all due to good luck but through hard work which successfully laid the groundwork for the bonus you are likely to receive soon. Lucky number: 8

SAGITTARIUS:  This week you might find it hard to concentrate at times. Your mind is drawn from one pretty idea to another, and you can’t seem to resist them. Take notes. One of those ideas is gold. Lucky number: 6

CAPRICORN:  This is the Moon’s last visit to your relationship sector for the year and with many challenges on this particular area, it brings a chance to end the year with everything sorted out. Communication lines are open, with a chance to move on. Use the energies of loving Venus (that will be aspecting you on December 10th). Lucky number: 4

AQUARIUS: A friend will be asking your opinion about a personal matter. Be careful to be extra tactful if you offer any criticism, because your motives could be misunderstood. Lucky number: 3

PISCES: Your intuition will seem stifled or blocked but it will come back in force before the end of the week. You may find that organizing, re-arranging your closets and home in general brings a feeling of accomplishment . Relax with a bubble bath.  Lucky number: 5

THRIFTY COOKING:

I like to share with you dear readers, recipes that I have made myself. Now with this blog, I find myself pouring over old favorites that I have not done for many a year, and making them once more. The following is one that was a favorite of family and friends and one that I will making as well, this week. It is a sweet treat, with the sweetness tempered by the sour cream that is added on top once is cooked.

BAKED SPICED PEACHES:

1- 29 oz. can ( or a bit larger) peach halves

1/4 cup reserved peach syrup

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 crushed corn flakes

2 TBS butter or margarine melted.

1. Set out a shallow baking dish.

2. Drain peaches, reserving the  syrup.

3. Arrange peaches cut side up in the baking dish. Pour over peaches a mixture of peach syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. Bake 375 degrees for 10 mnts. Basting 2 or 3 times. Remove from oven (but don’t turn it off) Raise the temp. to 400 degrees and sprinkle over peaches a mixture of corn flakes and butter or margarine.

5. Return to oven. Bake 5 mnts. longer.

6. Serve peaches warm with cream (sour cream).

Serves 4. Preparation plus cooking time:  30 mnts.

Bon Apetit!

Spell BottleMAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK: Now that the Moon is once more starting on its wane phase, it is the perfect time to make and bless items for protection of the home.

This week’s magickal tip is a  PROTECTION BOTTLE.

You will be needing a small glass container, with a  lid.  Wash it well, and let it dry.

In the meantime get the following ingredients. For the first four ingredients you need 1 TBS of each. For the Bay leaves, you need 3- Salt about 1/2 cup and for the garlic 5 cloves.

Rosemary

Sage

Basil

Black Pepper

Bay Leaves

Salt

Garlic

3 small stones from your garden, back yard. If you don’t have any, purchase small stones that come in a bag at the dollar store. Wash them well, and let them dry.

Place all in a bowl, put your hands on top and chant a blessing of your choice. Or just say words that come from your heart. Give thanks for each of the items that Earth has provided and empower them for a strong protection of your home and all that reside within.  Visualize a purple light going into the bowl around all your ingredients. Once this is done to your satisfaction, place stones at the bottom of the bottle and the herbs on top. Close with the lid. Now bless your bottle with all the items within.

Place jar in a place that is important to you but that will not be too visible to visitors.  You can be as creative as you wish with your magickal project and place ribbons around the bottle, close up the top with melted wax, add shinny colored glass pebbles, the choice is yours. This is your Protection bottle after all, own it!

To finish up say the following:

“Round and round the Earth goes on

Twilight light and morning Sun

Bring protection unto me,

The ones I love, this place within.

As above, so below.

Round and round, so shall it be!

Happy spell-castings!

Alas dear reader, it is the end of this week’s newsletter offering.  As I am writing this last paragraph,  I ponder upon the words I have left here, about the things I share. As always I hope to have brought a smile and to have left a nugget of wisdom, even if very tiny.  May your journey for the rest of the week be safe and filled with new wonders, new wisdom, and much love.

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

Until I write again!

*M*

Copyright © 2014 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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