Witch’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter-It is the little things..

72813_floral_w_smDear reader: I hope I find you, all that read my humble blog well of mind and 72794_floral_g_smbody. December has cast its shadow upon us. With it, colder days and the feel of urgency that seems to be attached to this month, whether we want it or not.

It is the collective consciousness making itself present during the holiday season. The expectations are high, and what the collective mind thinks; is manifested in the physical with the hurrying and the idea that we must enjoy the season no matter what!… but alas dear reader! it shouldn’t be so.  I concede that the month does carry a certain magickal feeling. It was after all conceived with the idea of love and harmony among us human beings. The principle is beautiful. It is what has been made of this time of year, that grates on the nerves of many. It is the commercialized idea, that what we gift, must be obtained at a store, or it will be worthless. In reality a well thought out gift made by hand is many times more welcomed that something that was bought in the last minutes of some sale going on. I acknowledge, it is easy to be lost in the excitement of the holiday music that is playing in the stores, the array of goodies on the store’s shelves and the pressure that we give ourselves of buying at least something, so as not to feel as we are loosing out on the season.

The reality of this particular season, hits many with no jobs, and/or no home. Add to that, the dismaying practice of the media in any form, of portraying the season as if it was what we buy that will make us happy, that is no wonder many feel grumpy or depressed during the holidays.

I am not proposing to go and throw away all of the season’s trimmings, and tree! Far from that! To put up the trimmings and the tree and “dress” your home for the holidays, brings a sense of happy.  It does lift the spirit, I do not deny this. When it is done for the one’s you love, the better you feel and the better everyone feels in turn.  It brings a sense of togetherness, and helps people realize their blessings. It helps as well to reflect that what may seem a simple celebration, without the expensive gifts and the big fanfare, might be seen as riches to someone who does not even have a place to call their own.

In the true sense of the season, we look within the family unit or within the self. Realize and give thanks for whatever blessing we have, no matter how small they may seem to others.

free-winter-screensavers-wallpaperI know it is usually with a cheery ‘voice’ that I write my blog. And it has been a couple of months since I last wrote in these virtual pages. I drafted ideas, wrote and re-wrote. Now with the holidays, it would have been easy to by-pass the other side of Christmas/Yule and write something  light and funny. But it did not feel right, nor legit. Not if it did not come from the heart.

I don’t think for a moment that my words will change your worldview just by reading it. What I hope is that it will bring reflection, upon the blessings you have. No matter how small. Even if we know in our sub-conscious mind that this is just another month, it is the collective way we feel about it, that makes the difference.

So dear reader, let’s be merry! and find joy in the small moments, in our small victories. It is after all the small moments, the little things, that are the pieces. And the love we give and receive, that which glues together our human journey.

Until I write again,

*M*

Copyright© 2015-Witche’s Gazette-Magickal Newsletter

First Publication: 2014

A Flower Power House Publication.

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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

Yule/WinterSolsticeCandles

  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.

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.

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*

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