Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter Pub VIII~2015

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader:

Greetings on the brand new 2015 and welcome once more to the Witch’s Gazette!

The season is Winter, and the first days of this Gregorian calendar month are already shining upon us. What dear reader have you in store for your lovely self? What brand new goals, wishes, projects are you putting in motion? The new year brings an urge to move forward, but it does somehow denies our more natural instinct to hibernate during the Winter time. What do we do in the midst of the outside world influence and our inner calling of just being still?

WINTER SEASON:winter

Our collective mind has been so saturated with the holiday hype for  so many centuries, that it leaves us somewhat deflated as to what to do next once is over. We, as a collective group of earthly beings have forgotten that we live in a planet that has a natural cycle of seasons.  We are still in the midst of Winter. After all, it just started about 15 days ago. True, some parts of the country the Winter is not felt as much as in others, but it is still the Winter season, it is still a time for hibernation and stillness. When our bodies go against the natural instinct it possesses, it breaks down (in a matter of speaking) and that is shown through colds, flu, or any malady which the body suffers from during what many so quaintly call the “flu” season. Why dear reader do we call it that? It shouldn’t be so, if we properly prepare for any inconvenience which the flu or colds surely bring.

In our rush to make the days go faster, we forget to slow down and just  live each day. We go about our individual responsibilities and when its time to rest or just relax we don’t do it properly. Many think life without a million errands, activities and such is no life at all!  We have to strike a balance.  So what, dear reader if once in a while you give yourself the luxury of sleeping late on a Saturday or Sunday? The planet will keep spinning, and life will continue to roll. Nothing lost, but something gained, which is your body conditioning to the natural need for rest. It will help to keep your mind fresh, get rid of the bad moods (for lack of proper sleep) realize that your body surely needs the healing that comes with a good and proper rest.  When we are accustomed to raise early even on the week-end, we might feel as if we are wasting time if we sleep one more hour on such days. Why? I myself am conditioning my body to just rest when needed and accept that I feel much better for it. Try it, it helps and you feel rejuvenated with the added energy. If you add to this a nice hobby, something that does not need a big chunk of your time and something you truly love, then you are allowing the body to just be still while you do what you like best. Winter can indeed help collect all that lost energy we threw about during the long holiday period. It helps to re-charge, re-energize  so we can be ready for the next season.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

The past week was a quiet one. I had the opportunity of taking a few days off from work. It gave me the chance to re-asses my magickal newsletter and think of ways I would like to change it.  The newsletter will no longer have the “Thrifty Cooking” section, and the horoscope will be gone for a few weeks. I will still have the Crystal Ball Peek-at-the- Week section but somehow different. This is to keep the energies of the Newsletter fresh and current with new things. I always welcome ideas and suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment on things you would like to read about.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL-A PEEK AT THE WEEK-

What are the planets up to? Lets have a look:

On Sunday January 4th, Mercury aspected Aquarius where it will stay until March 12th. A retrograde of Mercury in Aquarius will occur from Jan. 21st to February 11th.  Mercury being the planet of communication and movement, mind and intellect. Rational, logical and abstract thinking. Like the mythical figure, Mercury travels fast and that symbolizes flexibility, adaptability. Then we have Aquarius, which is all about innovation, independence. Aquarius is rebellious, detached. Mercury/Aquarius combination helps us to seek knowledge, broaden our horizons, bring forth ideas. Their energies combined help us to make objective decisions. A time when our creativity (after all Mercury, as well as Aquarius are ruled by the element of Air) is at a high peak. Good time to create, invent, and let that imagination fly!

Sextile between the Sun and Chiron. Their combined energies  encourages our relationships.  This is a time to find an impression of purpose. Which emerges with this combo,  increasing our confidence.

Venus sextile Saturn  Sunday January 4th. Saturn brings a reserved influence and that helps to bring balance in relationships (Venus territory).  In business matters,  advances can be pursued.

Uranus-Pluto square.  A square aspect places planets at cross purposes.  Resistance develops and one challenges the other. Although Uranus-Pluto creates struggles   when it comes to letting go and/or making changes, the square also points to places where exceptional growth is possible. Make use of it, where you need such changes and channel their energy so that it helps, not hinders.

A Full Moon occurred yesterday (Jan.4th) in the sign of Cancer (Sun in Capricorn)

Full Moon in Cancer is about striking a balance between your career and your home life.

Full Moon  is for culmination, fulfillment. Seeking illumination or insight into a given situation. Whatever is going on, the Full Moon always shows that there is another side to things, problems, issues etc. That brings objectiveness. Bringing balance to decisions. A perfect time to perform magick, to give closure to magickal workings,  to work on creating changes that will perhaps take a full Moon cycle to become a reality.

CARD OF THE WEEK

A brand new section for the articles that I feature in the Witch’s Gazette Magickal Newsletter. A weekly advice from a card that I will draw, asking Universal guidance for the week. I will be  using old divination cards that I have worked with for many years,  and others like the one featured today, are decks that bring a positive message and which can be worked on with a magickal intent. These are from my motivational cards ” I can do it” From Louise Hay. By now I have lost the original box in which they came. A gift from a friend long ago, that is very much appreciated until this day.

The message for today on one side of the card: “I DESERVE THE BEST, AND I ACCEPT THE BEST NOW.” On the other side:  “AT THIS VERY MOMENT ENORMOUS WEALTH AND POWER ARE AVAILABLE TO ME. I CHOOSE TO FEEL WORTHY AND DESERVING”

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B-witch 2MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

Keeping in mind the above card and its message, I am sharing a quick magickal idea to help the energies of money and prosperity enter your home.

Your front door functions as an ideal place for inviting energies of prosperity into your home. To help them along, place 5 shiny pennies under the front door mat (you can tape them under the mat if you want) or if you have a small plant right at the entrance you can bury the pennies beneath the plant.

How does it work?: It will create a vibrational energy that will combine with that of your home/apartment frequency, thus attracting money to your door and from there to your pocket.

Well dear readers, here we are at the end of this magickal newsletter. As always it was a pleasure preparing it, and writing down my thoughts and advice for the week. Thank you for letting me in and have a virtual “chat”  with you. I hope you liked this week’s offering.

In the meantime enjoy the Winter season, for in its quiet way it has its own magic in the stillness of the cold days.

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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Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub V

newsletter  Dear Reader:

Welcome once more to the Witch’s Gazette. A place where you can peruse the various offerings and happenings, and where you can relax for a few minutes, and take your mind off worries and stress.

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS:  December with its cold, rainy and windy days..I love it! December is for me seen through a kaleidoscope of colors, and smells. Red and green. Red for the nose on Rudolph the reindeer… just kidding!  I do see red in the texture of the month. The hectic pace, color of ribbons, red wines, red scarves, the power of the Sun being re-born, the Winter Solstice, cranberries, mistletoe! Green for the pine smells, trees of Yule, evergreens, Rosemary mini shrubs that all seen in many markets. December would be really beautiful if it were not for all the rush, and the need to “finalize” and give “closure.” What are we closing really? Winter starts on December 21st. We have already left the last month of the harvest behind (October) so that really is the end of the growing season. Now is the time of mentally “chill” and just become one with the season. Enjoy the cold days, enjoy the long nights. Enjoy the passing of the days as when we look back they will be gone and we will be lost in a flurry of activities that did not let us enjoy the beauty of the moment.

Colder weather awakens the need for comfort home cooking. Which brings me to the very interesting subject of cooking for the celebrations at hand. What dear reader can we prepare, cook and offer for the holiday dinner.

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Vegan Witches

  JOYS OF HOLIDAY COOKING:

Another joyful occasion! We go crazy looking for those passed-down through generations recipes, the old magazines, the old cooking books. It could also be that you make use of your handy smart phone to look up some yummy  recipes (and easy to prepare) for Yule or Christmas dinner. It is a challenge indeed, to find something that will not take you 5 days to prepare, but something that will cook fast, look  good and taste even better!

For me this year is even extra challenging. I have stopped eating meat. I took baby steps, started off by not eating red meats.  Then this year, I stopped eating white meat. I decided to leave at least fish in my diet. I was content that at least I was going to have something else besides veggies and tofu. I was not a very happy camper truth be told and sometimes grumpy. I seemed to be extra hungry. So I wanted to be “extra” creative with my diet and started to peruse the ezines of vegetarian cooking. To my surprise (remember I am a newbie in this lifestyle change) I found something new (to me) My eating style has a name-o! yes! just like that bologna with a first and last name, mine has a name too! True, this one is just the one name and sort of gibberish sounding… I am what is called a Pescatarian, which is just someone that eats fish in an otherwise vegetarian diet. One of my brood found the name funny, and after many smart aleck comments he said to me, that it sounds like the name of a religion. Which come to think dear reader *sigh* it does. Thinking about the vegetarian friends I’ve had, who in the past,  were always trying to “convert” me to their eating life style, this name is strangely apt… but hey! I don’t make up the names. So guess, dear reader what I’m cooking for Yule? :=)

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS:

What goodies are in the air, for us, from those celestial bodies?

Monday December 15th, starts off with a challenge! Uranus/Aries squares Mercury/Capricorn. This happens at 9:14 p.m. PST (12/14)/12:14 a.m. EST (12/15). As the day progresses, we have but only one trine Moon/Libra trines Mars/Aquarius at 12:56 p.m. PST and the rest is a mix of squares, conjunctions and quincunx, which is how it ends at 10:36 p.m. PST. Moon/Libra quincunx  Chiron/Pisces. Quincunx aspects are supposed to be frustrating as the planets and signs don’t share qualities. So in real time, this means that we may need to adjust to a situation or person, and something in us might feel forced to carry on with our usual routine. I don’t understand how this can be as Libra and Pisces are Air and Water respectively and they blend well. So perhaps not such a bad aspect.

Moving on, December 16th Mercury moves into Capricorn. These two energies together are not so much a challenge, but a combination that dance around each other. Each with its own personality traits. Capricorn lends a dry sense of humor and Mercury with its capacity of movement and an airy intellect; both contrive to bring a sense of seeing the unexpected dark humor in situations which cushions their sedate effect.

On Saturday 20th at 1:09 p.m. PST we have the annual meet up of Venus and Pluto. Pluto is intense and Venus is all about satisfaction.  Good combo to work on your money goals and to work on bringing more passion into your relationship.  Then to close the week we have  awesome energies for Sunday December 21st. Here is what is happening that day:

Uranus ends its 5 month retrograde period. The astrological happening of Winter Solstice. Moon Enters Capricorn at 3:03 p.m.PST.  Sun enters Capricorn at 5:25 p.m. PST. New Moon in Capricorn at 5:36 p.m. PST. Don’t forget this day is a Sun-day. Ruled by the Sun, a day of all around success. Love it!

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

 CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK-

Dear reader, this week’s horoscope offering is fast and quick. I am putting together something lovely for each of you my readers, for the end of this year. Not wanting to leave you wondering what the stars have in store, I have the following. As always enjoy!

ARIES: Give due to friends for who they are, not for what they have. This attitude if taken, pays up in dividends! Lucky number: 8.

TAURUS: You might feel out of place. Take care of self and avoid unnecessary  changes. Lucky number: 6

GEMINI: You are going through a stroke of genius, which makes you thoughts clear and comprehensible. Lucky number: 7

CANCER: If feeling grumpy or just out of sorts, don’t give in! things will get better. Lucky number: 3

LEO: There is a new opportunity to put your talent good use. Take advantage to create something wonderful that will make your soul happy. Lucky number: 1

VIRGO: Good balance of mind and body. Easiness of making the right decisions. Your worries are left behind. Lucky number: 4

LIBRA: A new phase is at hand, discovering new things about your self. A spiritual experience marks a change in your life. Stay grounded when making plans. Lucky number: 5

SCORPIO:  There might be a favorable agreement of sorts between you and someone else. Prove you are the right person for the situation, this will get your positive future outcomes. Lucky number: 3

SAGITTARIUS : Your goal may be out of reach at the moment. Don’t give up! instead analyze the situation. Not all is what is seems. The journey is as important as reaching the goal. Lucky number: 2

CAPRICORN: No obstacles in you path, all is humming along, a good phase in your life. Your are filled with new energy. Be clear in your goals. Lucky number: 9

AQUARIUS: Good energy surrounds you. Perfect moment to work on new projects. Steer your goals well so that it ends in success. Lucky number: 7

PISCES: The coming days and weeks are filled with harmony in your life. Make sure to enjoy the happy days. Lucky number: 6

THRIFTY COOKING:

Feeling hungry but do not want to cook a full meal? This is a nice and quick recipe that fills you up, and can be done and served for dinner as well as breakfast:

French Omelet:

6 eggs

6 tbs. milk or water

3/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

3 tbs.  butter or margarine

1. Set out an 8-10- inch skillet

2. Beat together eggs. milk or water, salt and pepper until blended but not foamy.

3. Heat skillet until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Melt butter or margarine in skillet.

4. Pour egg mixture into skillet and reduce heat. As edges of omelet begin to thicken, with a wooden spoon or fork draw cooked portions toward center to allow uncooked mixture to flow to bottom of skillet. Shake and tilt skillet as necessary to aid flow of uncooked eggs. Do not stir.

5. When eggs no longer flow but surface is still moist, the heat should be increased (just a bit) to brown quickly the bottom of omelet. Loosen edges carefully and fold in half.  Slide omelet onto a serving platter.

6. If desired fill omelet before folding with  your choice of either: Cheese, veggies, diced pieces of meat, etc.

4 to 6 servings. Preparation and cook time: 20 mnts.

If made for a quick dinner, you can accompany with french baguette bread, and a quick salad. enjoy!

Bon Apetit!

Yule/Winter Solstice Candles

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  MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

Thinking about Yule/Winter Solstice, has me preparing my magick work for that day. I always strive for easy to make, prepare and organize spells; as I am almost always short on time for lengthy and formal magickal work.

I have my candles at the ready for that day, but what else can I add, that will change and optimize the impact of the spell? Since my candles are specially made for Yule, I will place them onto a plate that will be surrounded with fruit, like apples, grapes and oranges.

The center piece is really the candles. Then the fruits. I can also add several drinks to make the outer ring of my set up. What else dear reader can I do to make it even more powerful and apt for the celebration?

Decorating with colors  of the season to fit your spell work is another way of magnetizing the frequency.  Since my candles will be placed on my dinning table, I will decorate my table with a lovely tablecloth, perhaps some fresh flowers,  and pretty napkins. I ask my family in advance to write petitions in small pieces of paper and we place this nestled amongst the fruit.  We will be holding hands in a semicircle around the table to bless the day and meal.  While the candles burn, the energies will bless us, the food and offering surrounding them.  The fruit can be shared with friends and family after the candles are all burnt. Give one to each of your friends and family members to pass along the blessings. If you want to get more creative then make small favors with a magickal intent. Place around the candles/fruit as well and give out before your guests leave or to each member of the family before you retire for the night. A family favorite are those chocolate “coins” that are wrapped up in golden tinfoil. These are perfect as chocolate is great to draw prosperity. These are sold at many drugs stores, or your local supermarkets might sell them too. Anything that calls your whim and feels right in your heart.

The important thing is to celebrate with joy and feel the blessings of the seasons. Don’t stress out about having the “right” things for the spell work. Just do what comes naturally to you.

Well dear reader, another newsletter has been written. Another week will pass by, before I can sit amongst you and share a bit of news through this forum.  May your journey through out the week, have you not looking back in sadness or looking forward in expectation of something that has not happened yet, but living each day fully. May you recognize the small “aha!” moments that might transpire in your life. May you find the funny in life, even if your heart feels laden with sadness. And remember dear reader,  it is the little things that matter. Wishing you a beautiful Winter Solstice, and a Happy Yule!

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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