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*

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.

Witch’s Gazette Magickal Newsletter Pub XI

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader: Greetings to all. As always I hope all are in good health and good cheer. The beautiful season of Winter is still with us. One I wish would last perhaps 4 months instead of three. That would take care of the dreaded summer season, so we would only have comfortable and lovely weather, without the sweaty intermission we have to go through. Oh well! it is what it is. Moving on dear reader, lets peruse the themes on this week’s publication..

CURRENT HAPPENINGS: We go through the seasons. Each churning away in a never-ending journey. Winter with its solitude and gathering of energies. Earth in peaceful slumber. Until Spring when it awakens with a splash of color with flowers everywhere. Trees housing nests and nature becoming “aware” shall we say of the beauty it can create and share with us humble humans. Then the dreaded summer (sigh) a necessary season (although I do not see the point of incredible high temperatures) which brings fruit, vegetables and grains to maturity. Which we can finally harvest and enjoy on Autumn, and the circle starts all anew. I like to enjoy the passing of time through the seasons. It makes more sense to live through each season, than watching it go by through a calendar.  Why would we want to “mark” time like that? when we can mark each passing day, by actually watching all evolve right before our own very eyes? What is the point of rushing through the working week. We think that we will really enjoy the well deserved weekend only to be thinking that soon the working week will start again! I will not claim that I have always watched time go by through each season. It is perhaps the passing of the years, the gathering of wisdom, that brings an added dimension to my senses. It makes each day special, each moment lived worth keeping in the chambers of the heart.

Four seasons

SpringSummerAutumnWinter

LIVING THE NATURAL LIFE:

As we already know, people in ancient times, lived by seasons. They would mark their lives according to nature. No one knows when the first calendar was invented, but “notched bones” have been found in Africa and Europe, which were used to record moon phases. A notch would be carved to mark the passing of each full Moon, this type of ancient “calendar” dates back to 20,500 BC.

It makes sense that as we went through evolution into more sophisticated beings, tools used to mark time would change with us. As our minds expanded, so did our worldview. Sadly, as it is the norm with technology, we lost the sense of self, and of the natural energies of the planet which we inhabit. This is what I mean when I say that we should attune ourselves to the passing of time through the changes of each season. If we are attuned to Earth, our senses are more vibrant. We are in accord with our inner beings. We are healthier, happier and bad moods and anger are less frequent. Of course, this is a personal choice. It is not practicing magic that will turn us into “green” and natural beings. It is a worldview of spiritual contentment. Not to be confused with a religious view-point, but rather a spiritual well-being. The more we practice mindfulness, and/or meditation, and strive for a better self, the more the world around us (the natural world) comes into focus and the more it comes into focus, the more attuned we become to our inner and outer cosmos.

CRYSTAL BALL A PEEK @ THE WEEK:

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Monday January 26th. Moon enters Taurus at 8:37 a.m. 2nd quarter begins

Tuesday January 27th – Venus aspects Pisces. This is supposed to be a very unrealistic pair up. So it is up to us to buckle up and maintain our left side of the brain active, as Venus combined with Pisces, creates an illusion of sorts and all becomes rosy colored. But! as usual I like to see the practical side, Venus does represent money energies and Pisces is a water element. It makes perfect sense that if you want to draw money, prosperity and better financial opportunities,(Venus) Pisces will make sure to get that water flowing for manifestation.. cha’ ching!$$

Wednesday January 28th – This day is sort of blah! Mercury is on Retro mode. So forget about using this day to get things “moving” or communicating your ideas in a cohesive manner. The plus side is that there is not many squares going on. Only one in which Gemini Moon squares Venus/Pisces..yawn! Even though squares develop friction between planets by one challenging the other..well I don’t see much antagonism out of the dreamy duo of Venus/Pisces against the Airy Gemini, which by the way is ruled by Mercury. The only challenge I see for this day is opposition between Gemini Moon-against Saturn/Sagittarius. But this will happen at night, 8:44 p.m. PST. So again, it might not be felt by many.

Thursday January 29th – This day its different. It starts with a Gemini Moon square to Neptune/Pisces at 2:10 a.m. PST. Good thing most of us are asleep then. No harm done. Then another square Gemini/Moon to Mars in Pisces at 4:12 pm. Air/Water-against Fire/Water. You might have an uncomfortable or aggravating moment. It all ends finally with a Gemini/Moon square to Chiron/Pisces. at 6:44 p.m. PST. I don’t see this one as much of a challenge but perhaps something/ an area where we need growth and or healing (Chiron)

Friday January 30th– Moon goes void of course at 1:24 a.m. PST. The Sun conjunct Mercury at 5:45 a.m. PST and the Moon enters Cancer at 11:09 p.m. PST.

Saturday January 31st. – This day is busy albeit not much of interest. The only good points of the day ( for spell work) are 2 trines. The first one 8:56 a.m. PST Cancer Moon trines Venus/Pisces and then a second one right after at 11:20 a.m. PST-Cancer Moon trines Neptune/Pisces. These planets understand each other. Their energies are favorable and most of all they want to help you! Take advantage of this opportunity window.

Sunday February 1st – Still in the second quarter Moon. We close the week with a host of planetary movements. Quincunx, squares, conjunction and oppositions! The Moon goes void at 5:37 a.m. with Cancer moon on a trine with Venus Pisces.  But the last aspect at 9:36 a.m. is a conjunction between Venus/Pisces Neptune/Pisces. Ah! dream time! don’t make important decisions. Wait for this conjunction to end. Take naps, organize your closet (remember Retro period is good for this), take a walk, drink tea, read. Whatever keeps you happily occupied.

CARD OF THE WEEK: 5Five

For today’s card I have chosen my numerology cards. Its been a long time since I used these cards. Someone gave them to me many eons ago, and I lost the little box where they came in. I was happy when back in December of last year, I found them. So here it is. Number 5!

Number 5 is represented by the planet Jupiter. Expansion, travel, motion.

this number carries a bit of vacillation and profound changes. The spiritual meaning draws attention to the wonder of life and invites us to appreciate our perception of the world around us. 5 has strong vibrations. Trips are under this number, unexpected perhaps, or taking action on a personal matter. Just keep in mind, that not all trips are taken on the physical world. Some might be spiritual journeys of the mind and soul.

MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:

To follow the theme of mindfulness and spiritual well-being, I want to share a simple meditation exercise. Magick is not done or conducted only through physical tools. Meditation even though not of a “magical” nature, can be part of our magickal self.

Get a white candle (a votive candle). Clean and bless. This candle is empowered with the intention of creating sacred space and allowing us to disengage from mundane care just for the moment we meditate.

Do this preferably before you go to sleep. Once you are ready for bed, place your candle on your night table if you are doing this meditation on your bed. It can also be done sitting on the floor of your bedroom with the candle in front of you. Sit in a simple lotus position. If you are uncomfortable, place pillows behind your back. Once you are ready, close your eyes. Breath in and out 5 times. Each time you exhale imagine letting go the stress of the day. Each time you inhale imagine drawing in peace and calm.

Create a mental bubble around you. The color will be white. It  can encompass your whole bedroom or just a small ratio around your body. This is your protection bubble. Necessary always whether in meditation or while conducting spells.

Gaze into the flame and observe how is burning. Close  your eyes. It is of course normal to see the flame as a little white light in the darkness when your eyes are closed. Keep it like that until it disappears. Open your eyes again. Look at the flame. Again close your eyes. You will do this one more time for a total of 3 times. The intention behind this, is to focus in the moment. The last time, don’t open your eyes again. Eventually the mental chatter will go away and your mind will quiet. Don’t force it, it will happen. You will tell yourself that your sleep time will be peaceful. Say this 5 times. Then you will say that if you need messages from your inner being, your soul, that you will see it in dreams. Say this 3 times. Quiet your mind. Stay like that for as long as you can. Even if its only 2 or 3 minutes longer. Just feel the peace that surrounds you. Open your eyes. You can keep the protection bubble around you or let it go before you go to bed. Snuff out the candle, keep it in a place that will not be touched by anyone and that will be handy for your night meditation.

You might have vivid dreams, you might just have a short dream, or you might not remember dreaming at all. All that is normal. Before you go to work, or start your daily routine, stand in front of the mirror, and tell yourself that your day will be a positive day. Just that. Go about your day. What is the benefit of this meditation? After you keep doing this for a solid 14 days, you will start to feel less stress in your life. You might notice things more on your way to work or the supermarket etc. You will feel yourself, being more in the moment of things. As well as being more patient when perhaps before you were not.

The longer you do this, the more used you will become to it, and the more it will make sense to make it a regular part of your life. Meditation does not only bring mindfulness, it helps with some health issues like headaches, or insomnia. The benefits are really more than just this. It impacts your life in a positive manner. Just think about it. If we can spend 2 mindless hours watching television at night, why not invest 15 minutes daily, enriching our souls?

Well dear readers, its time for me to close today’s newsletter. May your week ahead be filled with wonder, and may that wonder leave you with a sense of the beauty of our planet Earth!

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.

Witch’s Gazette – Magickal Newsletter – Pub IX

Victorian_woman_at_writing_desk-228x221Dear Reader: Welcome to this, your Magickal Newsletter, of current goings on and magickal inspiration.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS: Now that we have started a new year, thoughts turn to matters like finding a new job, a new place to live, going back to work, school, or loosing weight. Out of all the above mentioned, loosing weight its a goal that is pursued by many and one which clothing companies- together with exercise gear companies and exercise gurus- exploit to their advantage. To feed our minds with the same commercial drivel that was fed to us on the past months. Buy, and buy more! Alas reader, we have to fortify our minds to be able to sail through the waters of weight loss and make a vow that we will pursue what is best for us, our health, our inner happiness.

MIND OVER MATTERnew year Presently most traditional magazines,  and E-zines are filled to the brim with “how-to” advice on how to shed a few extra pounds. I read through many of these, as it brings me many hours of smiles. An old but popular   trick in “diet-land” is the one that tells you to use a smaller plate. This is of course a simple optical/visual illusion that will “trick” (they say) your stomach into thinking is full… hmm, I don’t know about this. Somehow I cannot rationalize  my stomach “thinking” of anything, but if I am to get  whimsical here, then lets say for argument’s sake that the stomach does think.

To “think” something is enough for it, first it has to have the signal from above, the brain. The eyes are sending the signal to the brain which sends it to the stomach that something is not quite right. In fact something is outright wrong, the person who is about to eat, is trying to trick not only the brain, but the stomach as well! The stomach accepts the portion given, as it has no choice just then… But! unbeknown to the body, the brain is quietly plotting revenge! (might as well give full reign to this fantasy). Maybe 2 hours after dinner, the stomach starts to growl. The person trying to keep to a rigid diet, goes and follows yet another piece of advice from the aforementioned magazines, he or she drinks water, to calm the hunger. Feeling quiet proud of achieving his/her goal, the person then, goes back to whatever he/she was doing. The stomach though is not done. Oh, no! The stomach starts to growl, louder and more often. It feels as if a wild animal is inside that darn stomach by now. The person rushes to the kitchen and pulls out that guilty (out of sight out mind) snack that has been hidden in the freezer (yet another bit of advice!) and rips into it. Almost stopping all breathing until the last morsel of that delicious snack has been consumed..Ah! so much better. The stomach then, having achieved its goal, goes back to normal, but not before sending one last message to the brain. To let the person think he/she is in control, not the stomach..bwah-hah!

What I am trying to say dear reader, is that we have to use our common sense if our goal is  to shed a few extra pounds. Do not starve the body, otherwise it will go into over-drive and it will be worst. It can be accomplished, without the “noise” of the outside world. Gentle, baby steps make bigger changes over time, than strict changes that will leave you (and your stomach..) feeling grumpy and unhappy. Make changes that make sense to you and ones that will bring an over-all feeling of well being. After all, it is the simplest things that make life worthwhile.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK– We start off the week with one  of the seemingly “problem” planets (so the naysayers advice) Mars aspects Pisces, on Monday January 12th.  Mars is fiery, feisty and driven by action.  Pisces is intuitive, emotional, sensitive. This is is supposed to be a challenging time, as fire and water (Mars/Pisces) don’t really combine well, BUT! Let me differ here. Mars lends motivations (fire) to Pisces, who often times gets in a funk and doesn’t seem to find the will to move forward. Mars lends assertiveness to Pisces when uncertain about a situation or person. On the other side of the coin, Pisces cools Mars  influence, helps calm fired up energies and lends a sensitive streak when the cruel, violent side of Mars presents itself.

On Tuesday January 13th,  the Moon enters Scorpio under the 4th quarter. Early evening 6:16 (PST)  Scorpio moon trines  Mars in Pisces. Trines are formed between planets or signs of the same element. In this instance we have Scorpio, whose ancient ruler used to be Mars (modern ruler:Pluto) and Scorpio and Pisces, both signs sharing the quality of Water element. In magick utilizing both signs, create a sure outcome to whatever is needed to manifest. As Scorpio is fixed water sign, it helps to manipulate frequencies altering its effect and Pisces with a mutable water influence helps to adapt the magick to the best outcome.  How can  these two signs be combined in magick? Candle(fire/mars) magick- Aqua Blue and Dark Blue. Either a double color candle or two candles sitting by side each with their representative astrological sign inscribed on each. Add to this duo your own astrological candle (with your sign on it) with a written petition and focused (mars) intention and watch the magick unfold!

Wednesday January 14th a square between Saturn/Sagittarius- Mars/Pisces. Saturn which is also viewed as a problem planet (although this makes little sense to me as it is a steady influence). Mars wants action. It does not matter to Mars how something is accomplished, what matters is moving forward, with a very strong will. Saturn is contraction, limits, and always adhering to rules. Saturn makes sure that Mars doesn’t move too fast as Saturn wants to be patient when dealing with set goals and Mars only wants fast action. Not to worry,  Pisces and Sagittarius influence diffuses the energies that these two headstrong and powerful planets bring to bear. These two make changes or plans go easy, which breaks up the  vexation you might feel under their brief influence.

January 16th – Friday – Moon enters Sagittarius making it a fun day as Venus  loves social affairs and Sag likes nothing better than having a good time, making Venus a good fold for this mutable fire sign.

Our week ends with Moon entering Capricorn – a cardinal sign with Earth element- on Sunday January 18th. There are two sextiles on this day: Capricorn Moon on Mars/Pisces (12:25 p.m. PST) and Capricorn Moon sextile Neptune in Pisces (1:52 p.m.PST)- Sextile links planets that have compatible elements. The first one is Fire-Earth. The second sextile is Earth-Water. A good exchange between the signs and planets combined.

CARD OF THE WEEK:

For today’s card I chose my Rune divination deck. Artist,  Nigel Jackson.

RAD-RIDE:  This card signifies errands, visitors and and communication (phone calls, emails or texts). It also advices on finishing projects so that you can move ahead towards your goal. With Mars/Pisces combination this week- It makes sense to use the Mars energy to get the motivation to get going and keep moving. No matter how large or small are your goals, it can be accomplished under the positive energies of this rune card.  It is also a time to make decisions and come up with ideas that will help long term. This card helps to get your ideas across in a positive manner, drawing forth the wisdom gained through life’s lessons. You can be creative and use the Rad symbol on your goals list giving it added power, so that projects and desires stay in the right direction. In magick if you want to utilize the Rad symbol, it is a good idea to inscribe it on a red candle on top of your petition and burn incense that has the element of Air (to keep things moving).  Keywords for Rad:  journeys, short or long. Physical or spiritual. Movement, changes (for the better). Since Rad is about moving, journeys etc. It can represents a time frame for your goals or projects. It can be 24 hours or4 days or 4 weeks. Keep this in mind if you want to add a time element to your spell work.

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MAGICKAL TIP OF THE WEEK:

For this week’s magickal tip I would like to pause, take a breather and propose an idea that I have been thinking about for several weeks now.

I keep thinking that the best way to learn something is to write it down so that it sticks better in memory as it helps the conscious mind dilute it to the subconscious.

It is advisable to  get a notebook where you will write down all the tips I have shared in this blog, until this point. To continue onwards, so that at the end of the year you will have not only lots of magickal tips at your disposition, but your thoughts and how magickal efforts, spiritual efforts and personal efforts have changed your life: For example did you find a new purpose? Is this new purpose in balance with your life? Is it by that time, a  spiritual purpose,  or a physical purpose?

Leave several pages blank in between each spell, spiritual work. So that you can include the time, days, weather and season the work was conducted on.  How you were feeling/mood on that particular day, plus the conclusion/outcome.  Make the journal as special as you want. Preferably a thick notebook so that there is enough space to write on. It can also be a small binder, or large one. Whatever fits best your lifestyle. It is important that you choose a notebook you will be happy with. This is so you can connect at some level with the type of notebook  you are writing on, otherwise you will not feel compelled to use it. Be as creative with your notebook as you want to be.

How else will the notebook/journal help? It will help you, to become more organized. It will help with being in the moment. To sharpen your focus. It will help open up right side of the brain so that your creativity, muse, inspiration spills forth. It will also help spring a need to create, to be inspired. With sayings,  with quotes, or whatever comes from your heart. Drawings, songs etc. Anything that comes from your soul. In other words, own your notebook!

Well dear reader, it is time to close my weekly newsletter. Talking about notebooks and magick brings this to mind.  Magick need not be formal, nor serious. But it does need to come from the heart. It also needs to be respected not mistreated. It needs your better self to raise above petty feelings, so the end result enriches your life, not destroy it. It is your responsibility to treat it as you want others to treat you. With care and respect.

Thank you for your continued readership, as always I hope this magickal newsletter brings a bit of something learned and kept well within mind and heart.

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. III

FRED STEIN  Paris 1936

FRED STEIN Paris 1936

Dear Reader:

I hope to find you in good health and of good cheer. Thanksgiving is past and now we are mentally preparing for next holiday onslaught.

PUBLIC HAPPENINGS

December has rolled in, with its wintry days and its promise of hectic times ahead. There was once a time long time ago ( I imagine) that our Yule celebration was actually cherished and respected for what it is supposed to represent. Yule got lost in the Christmas sort of madness as it is today. So what dear reader -you may ponder- is Yule really all about? Now keep in mind, I am not talking about the christian holiday.

wintery cityYULE CELEBRATION

Yule has roots and origin in Pagan customs. This day once commemorated solar deities. Back then, before Christianity had taken over this day, one activity that was performed was the Yule bonfire. The fire was built to give life and power to the Sun, which was thought of being reborn at the Winter Solstice. In later times that fire was converted into what many burn inside their homes, which is the Yule log. According to folklore, a big limb from a tree was cut, brought into the home,  and made ready for use. Carvings of suns, and other magical symbols were etched on its surface and sometimes decorated with greens from the winter season. Lighting the Yule log was simply an effort to welcome the Sun, to persuade it to cast its  healing rays upon the land, so as the winter season was not too long or harsh.

Decorating with evergreens dates back to the earliest winter festivals. They were brought into the home, to give a sense of nature inside of the home during the darkest months of the year. The green did not fade from their branches and leaves, and because of that, they were thought to have power over death and destruction, enough to defeat whatever winter demons roamed the Earth, and enough persistence  to urge the coming of the Sun.

So where does that all gift-giving comes from?  Gift exchange is thought to have originated in Babylonia with Zagmuk. (Although so far I have not found written evidence of such a thing happening during that Babylonian celebration-which by the way took 12 days-) and it gained much popularity during the Roman Saturnalia festivals. In later years, Christians took up this custom as well, but attributed the Magi and their bringing of gifts to the Christ child.

So as you see, the gift exchange idea has really nothing to do with Yule but much to do with everyone back then “borrowing” traditions to suit their own festivals, beliefs etc.  and now sadly has evolved into the much commercialized Christmas season and all the madness it entails. Does this mean we have to refute gift-giving? I think not! but!!! hear me out! (or erh..keep reading) What I mean is that the best gifts are the ones made by hand, by us with love. The one’s we put together for someone we love or appreciate. It can be as simple as a the ingredients for cookies blended in a nice container with an attached card with instructions or a knitted sweater, or blanket. It can be giving a call to your mom, father or grandparent or visiting them and spending time with them.  The joy it will bring is incomparable and the outcome priceless! yes even if it sounds like that commercial! but is not  material things I am talking about here but LOVE. It can be many things that you can think of, from simple to complex, as long as it comes from you, not the store. This is what gift giving is all about and should be about. Resist the impulse to be like the crowd! be yourself, give of yourself.♥

CELESTIAL HAPPENINGS

The celestial energies for this week  are positive and strong. We have planets with Fire and Air element.

Today we have a trine. Sun/Sagittarius with the Moon/Aries. This trine sets the foundation for the change on December 4th (Thursday), when Mars moves into the energy of Aquarius. Their Fire and Air elements combined are a power house indeed! All sorts of communications are fired up (Mars) and taken to a new level of development and transformation (Aquarius).

The Full Moon that will take place on December 6th (Saturday) will have the moon in aspect to Gemini, which brings an emotional drift into the fray. Gemini connecting to Uranus-which is the ruling planet to Aquarius- and this planet being aspected by Mars, is a positive exchange of planetary energies that can be used in our daily lives if we need to tap into them.

Remember! the Gemini Full Moon on Dec. 6th is the last of the year and Full Moons are perfect to bring a closing to past and incomplete projects, and  any other matter that needs to be tidied up.
The mental attitude set by trine of Uranus-Sun and sextile to the Moon, is all about information. So what dear reader does it all mean and how can we tap the energies for this week?

Whatever decisions that need be made that will have a long lasting effect, are best made under the combined energy of Mars/Aquarius. Mars gives you the fire to get you moving, and Aquarius helps discern and analyze the best course of action, thus the best decision for your given situation, lets say. It is definitely an excellent way of avoiding making the wrong decision, or be impulsive.
This combination is very much helpful now, with holiday shopping and spending in full swing. Many do impulse shopping, thinking that it will be all right, that you will be able to take care of those credit bills etc, later on, with that extra bonus from work … don’t let all that Christmas-y music in the mall or the colors of the season (which are very much targeted at customers to pump up the shopping psyche) persuade you to spend with your “heart”! better use the will power and logic that these two energies create to extend both through out the holiday season.

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

Crystal Ball-Peek@theWeek

CRYSTAL BALL – A PEEK AT THE WEEK –

ARIES – This week, look closely at the opportunity presenting itself that exists for the sole purpose of helping you to break free from a tired, tedious, draining scenario. The fact you’re confused about what your next move should be indicates you’ve grown accustomed to something you ought to have released yourself from. Lucky number: 3

TAURUS – Do you feel in some way now, someone might be raining on your parade? Are they perhaps missing a point about something that excites or inspires you? Their inability to see what you see or feel what you feel should not be reason for you to reassess your plans. Don’t give up on something you know to be very good for you. Persevere! the reward will warm your soul. Lucky number: 7

GEMINI  – You might be feeling  frustrated as to why you’re unable to remove a particular train of thought. Look closely. There’s action that must be taken on your part now. This week, take a step forward to initiate it.  With the Full Moon aspecting your sign on Saturday December 6th, comes the perfect time to bring resolution. Give it a try. You’ll discover something shifts in a wonderful way.  Lucky number: 5

CANCER  –  This is a time to summon courage and allow yourself to be pushed in a direction you’ve long needed to be pushed in.  There is something you must do. There is initiative waiting to be taken on your part, even if it might not feel as you have much say about it, as you wish you did. Go for it, get rid of fear, move forward (take advantage of Mars aspecting Aquarius). Lucky number: 5

LEO –  This week, an opportunity presents itself ,  you might not see it as such, but as  a setback.  Expect to discover that what appears to be a setback actually offers much in the way of future hope and promise.  Sometimes we see the opportunity but, because it doesn’t look the way we believe it should  we dismiss it. Don’t! use the energies of this week’s Mars/Aquarius to help you see it clearly. Lucky number: 4

VIRGO – You need to follow your instincts where a destination you’re keen on reaching is concerned. This probably has more to with attainment or achievement rather than arriving at a particular place but the message from the celestial bodies are clear; just keep moving  a plan forward and the rest will take care of itself. That’s a fortunate position to be in. You have momentum working in your favor now.  Lucky number: 2

LIBRA –  It is human  nature to be cautious, especially when we have reason to believe our cautiousness is justified. As you enter into discussion or negotiation in some way now, try to see the situation as a clean slate. The past is not a guide for the future on this occasion. You’re in a strong position now to reach an agreement or at least a compromise that has long needed making. Lucky number: 7

SCORPIO – Don’t feel the need to question or be concerned with the seemingly insignificant light at the end of a tunnel you’ve been staring down for too long.  It serves as a beacon intended to excite and inspire you. Something you’ve long desired is starting to become within reach and allay a few concerns you’ve nurtured for too long as well.  Lucky number: 9

SAGITTARIUS – When change enters our world, we tend to expect it to make a grand entrance. In truth, change can be  more subtly than that. It approaches gently rather than making itself known with a door-bursting appearance. Embrace it. It has every intention of assisting and improving. Make a point of welcoming it and you’ll soon see how fully cooperative it intends to be. Lucky number: 6

CAPRICORN – After the recent months where you felt as if you had been running up a steep hill carrying a heavy sack on your back, things  are now different. What you have worked for, paid up and now you feel you have achieved what you deserve. The coming week brings reasons to excite and inspire you to take on a new challenge. Lucky number: 8

AQUARIUS –  The celestial bodies speaks now of some kind of confidence crisis on your part but particularly how doubtful and even mistrustful you could be toward what your own natural instincts. You need to trust them. They’re providing infinitely more helpful advice than you’d receive even from a closest companion. You know what’s best for you and what you need to do. Learn to trust what your heart is telling you. Lucky  number:  5

PISCES –   The timing of the Moon’s return to your income sector on Monday and position here in the early days of the week couldn’t be better, giving you a nose for money as you reach an integral point in your professional year. The Moon’s intuitive edge is as much about where the money is; as it is about where things stand professionally.  With Mercury spending his first full week in your career sector, Venus her last and Jupiter his last full week in direct motion in your work sector, this is not only a chance to get a sense of  how the different pieces are at play on income, work and career fronts but on how they fit in together. Lucky number: 3

THRIFTY COOKING:

Weather is colder now, perfect to make soups and stews to warm body and soul! and remember the best part is you don’t have to spend loads of money on simple yet nourishing recipes.

SPICY VEGETABLE STEW:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 can (14 .5 oz.) diced tomatoes

1 can (about 14 oz) vegetable broth

1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes

1 cup frozen green beans

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 1/3 uncooked couscous (or rice if you wish)

1. Heat oil in large saucepan over med-high heat until hot. Add carrots, onion garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt, ginger and pepper; cook and stir about 5 mnts. or until veggies are tender.

2. Stir in tomatoes, broth, potatoes, green beans, tomato paste and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 10 mnts.

3. While stew is simmering, prepare couscous. Bring 1 1/3 water to a boil in small saucepan over high heat. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove saucepan from heat. Let stand 5 mnts.

4. Fluff couscous with fork. Serve veggie stew over couscous (or rice if you chose to make rice instead)

Preparation and cook time is around 23 to 25 mnts. You can  garnish your stew with parsley.

Bon Appetit!

MoneyCandleSetUp5MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK

Moon phase its on the second quarter. A good week to create magick geared towards attracting money.

Simple spells are the best really to create and call that which you desire. The following is a quick money spell that needs but only spices from your cupboard, a candle, a fire safe plate  and some creative thinking on your part as to what you would wish to add to this quick and fun money spell.

Get a small candle. The one pictured in my image is a candle I made for my store for the Thanksgiving holiday. I poured several, for my Ebay listings and left one for me. It was a lovely candle I made in the color of a creamy vanilla, with herbal blend for attracting only good things, money amongst others. With a vanilla aroma, the candle was perfect for my intention.

Get a small votive candle or small container candle. In a color that to you means money. Place your candle on a plate (round or square) that has a fire safe surface.  You can get a nice plate for your candle spells at the Dollar Tree Store or the 99 cent Only stores. No need to splurge, this is a plate that will be useful for many other spells.

You need as well :  1 teaspoon of each : Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Combine spices, empower and bless.  Pull together all the change you have in your home, including dollar bills.   Empower your candle for money, inscribe symbols of money around it, dress with money oil (if you have any at hand. In a pinch a bit of cooking olive oil or corn oil will do as substitute)  and set in the middle of your plate. surround with ornaments from the season, place money as well (coins and dollars). As you see on my picture, I added cinnamon stick, I love using these for money spells, as they can be carried afterwards in your purse. Add them if you wish to your spell set up.

Sprinkle all of it, with your combined spices.  Now place your hands over the lot, and empower with your intention of calling money. Be specific with your goal. Light your candle. I personally place my money candles on top of my dining table. This area has a lot of good, concentrated energies and it is a good power point in my home.  Plus it is within view, so that it is never alone when burning.  Remember wherever you place your candles, never leave them unattended and always away from pets and children.

Once your candle is done, get rid of wax or container (you can clean up container and use for other money candle spells). Clean up your plate as well, to be re-used in other spells.  Place your ornaments in a pretty container in your living room or dining room, so that it always drawing money energies to you during the holidays. Use your money to get something needed in the home (bread, milk, etc) and know that your petition will show fruit! Happy spell-castings!

Well dear reader, I have reached the end of this week’s Witch’s gazette. As always I’ve enjoyed putting it together, offering my insights and what little nuggets of wisdom I can pass along.  I always wonder if I have left something worthwhile in your heart and in your mind. Whether you will put to use, or if it will open a door in your mind to ponder upon the words you have read here. May your journey 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 © 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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