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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Working with Goddess' Continued

 Good Afternoon,

A couple of weeks ago we discussed working with some Goddess' for love. But there are many Goddess' from different cultures or (Pantheons) that you can choose to work with for many different purposes. We'll discuss a few of them here today.

The Celtic Goddess - The Morrigan

The Morrigan is a Celtic War Goddess that is reputed to take the souls of men slain on the battlefield and brings them to a place where they can rest, become renewed and refreshed before continuing on their way after death. She is a Might Protective Goddess who will come to protect you when in danger. Her candle colors are black and red. Her animal spirit is the Raven, and she often assumes the shape and form of the Raven. There are many myths and legends concerning the Morrigan, that you can read. I work with her to bring protection to myself and loved ones, and also to give strength and courage in the midst of difficulties. To call upon her, light a red or black candle or one of each color. Her traditional offering was blood, from a simple pricked finger and smear onto a candle. Now a days blood substitutes can also work to appease the Great Phantom Queen, such as placing bloodstone rocks around her candles. These green rocks have specks of red that resemble drops of blood. You can also use Dragon's blood resin to burn as an incense or oil to anoint candles or even yourself.

Diana/ Artemis Goddess of the Hunt

Diana/ Artemis is the same Goddess just called two different names from two different Pantheons. She is known as Artemis from the Ancient Greeks and Diana from the Ancient Romans. Her basic energies are the same though. She is the Huntress. She can be invoked to help out with any problems with animals, large and small. You can burn a brown candle, silver candle or a green one to help with animals that are feeling poorly. Her offering would be saffron, which is an exotic, expensive spice found in the market in the spice aisle. Her symbols are the bow, the arrow and the moon. If you invoke her for help with a sick animal be aware that the animal might pass over to the other side, as with her help she helps the animal transition with no pain or discomfort. If the animal is meant to live, it will rebound and get better. Invoking Artemis can even help with problems with insects in your house! Just ask her to help them leave and find another place to live.

Bastet

This is the Goddess Bast also known as Bastet, both pronounced Bast . She is an Egyptian Cat Goddess that will help you with any magickal workings devoted strictly to cats and kittens. She is also a Goddess that works with women and secrets. Her candle color is black. Offerings to Bast can be any little toy that a cat might like, such as a toy mouse, a toy bird, a ball, a feather or something similar. You could even put out a small bowl of kitty treats or dry food. Not milk or cream, as cats are naturally lactose intolerant and so it would be inappropriate to offer the Goddess something that would make a cat sick. Catnip is also a very good offering, as well as a lovely incense when working with Bast. You may use Egyptian Musk oil as an anointing oil on candles. She will help you with specific issues regarding cats, whether they are sick, lost, having to go through difficult treatments to helping their spirits pass on after death. Stones that work well with Bast are Lapis Lazuli, turquoise and gold.


These are just a few Goddess' I work with on a regular basis and I find they really do work great magicks in my life. You can get a statue or picture of the Goddess you wish to work with, which will help you identify with and become closer to her as you work with her. You can work with one, or many Goddess' it's up to you.



Peace and Happiness





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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our Lughnasadh Celebration is Coming Up Soon!

Good Afternoon,

Soon our First Autumnal Sabbat, Lughnasadh also known as Lammas or Loaf Mass, will be upon us. This year we will celebrate this Sabbat on it's actual day, Saturday, August 1st, 2015, at 10 am at Enchantments, in the front ritual garden. This year we are incorporating, for the very first time, a blessing of the animals. Please come and bring your pet to be blessed within the ritual sacred circle. If you have a few pets and can't bring them all you can bring a picture of each pet.

Lughnasadh as the ancient Celts knew it, was renamed Lammas meaning Loaf Mass, or the Mass of Bread by the early Christians, but for everyone it was the first harvest of the food from the fields. The first grains will be cut and the first vegetables as the ancients knew them would be harvested. The ancients did not have vegetables as we would recognize them to be. They had root vegetables, like carrot and parsnip and turnip. Also cabbage was a very common vegetable in the ancient's cooking cauldron. The first of these, if the season has been favorable, would be harvested along with the first grains to bake the new breads and cakes.

Being a harvest festival, this Sabbat, was considered the original Thanksgiving feast the ancients used to celebrate every year at this time. Those that think of the Pilgrims and Indians in the first Thanksgiving feast after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock back in the early 1600's, remember Thanksgiving feasts were known to them. They wanted to have one for the year they were in the New World, and circumstances caused their feast to be held later in the year.

Today, as Witches, Pagans and Wiccans we celebrate Lughnasadh as our Thanksgiving feast. It is common to have Turkey, or Pork (which was a sacred meat to the ancient Celts), root vegetables, dishes made out of bread such as stuffing and bread puddings, and fruit as berries are common this time of year. Served with cheeses and creams, this is a rich, abundant feast with many side dishes and desserts. If you wish to attend this year, try to bring a dish to share that goes along with our Thanksgiving themed feast.

Also if you bring a pet to be blessed during the circle, bring a leash so they can be tied up safely as the street in front of Enchantments is very busy and dangerous, as well as a bowl for water. We have a faucet outside with clean, fresh water, you just need to bring the bowl.

 Munchie One of Ms. Faith's cats.

I look forward to seeing you all at our next Sabbat! Until then, Happy Harvesting! Ms. Faith



Peace and Happiness



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Friday, July 3, 2015

Working with Love Goddesses



 Aphrodite

Good Afternoon,


Today I want to discuss with you, working with Goddesses, most especially love Goddesses. There are many but for our conversation today we'll work with the Greek and Roman versions of love Goddesses, Aphrodite and Venus.  Specifically Aphrodite is from Greek Mythology and Venus is from Roman Mythology.

Now working with either is fairly simple. You can burn a red candle for either Goddess. When getting ready to burn a candle, you hold it in your hands for a few minutes, close your eyes and see the end result. Now, don't envision another person without that person's express permission. Just see yourself surrounded by pink, warm, golden, loving energy. The right person will come to you when the timing is right.

Working with these Goddesses works best on a Friday, like today. Hold the candle, envision the light surrounding you and then rub a little rose oil on the candle. If you don't have rose oil, then using a bit of olive oil  in a pinch will do. Thank the Goddess you are working with for bringing love into your life (even if it's not there yet) and place the candle in a holder and light it.

Offerings to the Goddesses are also appropriate. For Aphrodite you can place roses on her altar, burn frankincense and myrrh resin to call her forth, and place in a bowl roses,oranges, papaya, mango, orange blossoms, spicy orange tea, bubbling bath lotions, fancy soaps and lotions, and hand mirrors. 

Offerings to Venus can be emeralds, turquoise and pearls, jade and lapis lazuli. Sea shells, as her legend is she rose from the sea foam. She also loves roses and lilies. Placing fragrant oils in a sea shell on her altar is also appropriate.

Venus



 After the offerings have been on Her altar for three days, you can remove the items and replace them with fresh. Oils that were used, can be placed in a bath for you as you burn a candle to Her. Speak with your Goddess. Over the years this has been proven to me to be one of the strongest ways to work with your Goddess. Use your voice, out loud and speak with Her. Tell Her what you need and desire in your life, what your problem or challenge is, what you need done. She will answer you, with changes that She brings to your life. When changes come to you, look at them closely.

If you desire better health for example, your might find yourself in the hospital or needing to go to your doctor all of a sudden. On the surface this may not seem like what you were asking for, but indeed, it will give you what you desire. So look at changes that happen in your life closely, to see Her hand at work in your world.

There are many Goddesses with which you can work, you needn't just choose one. But before you work with a specific Goddess, find out about Her and see what it is She needs from you.


Next week we'll discuss other Goddesses and how they can work in your life.


Peace and Happiness


© 2010-2015 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Now is the Time for the First Harvest!


 Good Afternoon,

We have celebrated the Summer Solstice also known as Litha to witches and pagans. This is the time for the first harvest from the gardens and waysides. No, not the first food harvest, but the first harvest of medicinal and magickal herbs and plants.

The sun is at it's zenith, with it being mid-summer. I know, I know, many in this country feel that June 21st signifies the first day of summer, but for plant life and pagans it is truly mid-summer. You see we celebrate the first day of summer on May 1st, the first day of winter on November 1st. Many of us follow the old Celtic calendar known as the Wheel of the Year, and it is split into two halves, a light half of the year, summer and the dark half of the year, winter.

But, back to the harvesting of the herbs. Litha is a time when the herbs have been growing for several months. You can see that lavender, roses and herbs such as St John's Wort are all in full bloom.  Now is the time to harvest them and by doing so, trap their potency and magickal power within them.  When harvesting an herb or plant there are a few simple rules to follow. First, a witch usually uses his or her Boline. A Boline is an herb knife and one is pictured here. But any knife, that you dedicate to the job as herb knife will work. Just keep it for this use only.
When harvesting, cut the plant an inch or so above the ground. Never harvest the entire plant, but leave some for the spirits of the garden or forests.  Place the cut herbs on a clean sheet or towel and place in a space with good air circulation and no sun. You can also tie elastic bands to the ends and hang up to dry. Elastic bands are best as the plant stalks might shrink as the water evaporates out of them, making them smaller. The elastic bands shrink with the stalks and keep your plants from falling all over the ground.

Once your plants and herbs are thoroughly dried, store them in a glass container and label them clearly so you know what you have. Also date them. Herbs over a year old, unless they are roots or stalks, will lose their potency and need to be used or replaced. I keep the rule of thumb, that if Nature renews her herbs every year, then so should I!

Research your herbs and know how they work and how to use them. Be very careful of using herbs in a medicinal way, especially if you're not trained in herbal medicine. Just because something is natural, does NOT make it safe. Keep in mind poison ivy is also natural! To learn about medicinal uses for herbs I highly recommend you stay off the Internet, as it's loaded with fools that know it all, without knowing it all! Buy a couple of good, reputable books and read. Also asking questions at a reputable health food store can also give you knowledge. I will also tell you to not ask me or any of the Witches of Enchantments for medicinal herbal knowledge as none of us are trained in the medical field and we refrain from giving any medical advice.

I do use herbs for magickal purposes though. I will mix up a few herbs and carry them in a small pouch for their magickal properties to be drawn to me. I also use them in spell mixes and as components for spells that I cast. There are many magickal uses for herbs but first you must harvest them. Do that in the next week or so, so you can have the herbs at their peak of magickal power and we'll discuss other ways to use them as the summer goes on. Now go out and happy harvesting!


Peace and Happiness

 © 2010-2015 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Summer Solstice!






Good Afternoon,

This weekend we celebrate the Summer Solstice, also known to Pagans as Litha, or mid-summer. Whereas most of the country is celebrating the beginning of Summer, Pagans have been celebrating Summer since May 1st. In ancient times this time of the year has been known as mid summer, and the photograph of Stonehenge, in England,  above shows the phenomenon of the sun rising and the first shafts of sunlight piercing the henge right at a particular place, and this happens every year and has for centuries.

Litha, a name given to this Sabbat, is an ancient Germanic Goddess of Summer. The ancient Celts most likely brought this name with them as they migrated from the lands of Eastern Europe across the European continent until they finally settled in Great Britain.

This is our only Summer Sabbat and it is often recognized with a bonfire and feasting. The Sabbats are solar celebrations, honoring the Sun and the God. The full and new moon celebrations are lunar and celebrate the moon and the Goddess. Modern Pagans honor both aspects of the divine spark of life, both female and male. Or I should say most seem to. There are groups that exclusively honor and worship the Goddess, but I've always felt extremes leave out a lot of good stuff. I like the balance of the Goddess and the God, but you must worship as you feel works best for you.

At Enchantments, this Saturday, June 20th at 10 am, we will be holding a Summer Solstice celebration in the front gardens of Enchantments. You are invited. If you come, please be present by 10 am as we will not hold up the casting of the circle for latecomers, and please brng a dish to share with the group for our pot luck feast.

Feasting has always been a big part of the Pagan celebrations and gatherings. We eat to celebrate life and the nourishment and sustenance the Goddess and God provide. The feasting is filled with socializing, sharing and bonding in a fellowship of like minded Pagans. For our outdoor celebrations, all are welcome. There is no charge for this event. 

I hope to see you there! Summer Blessings Ms. Faith


Peace and Happiness









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Monday, June 8, 2015

Some Simple Tips for Reading Tarot Cards




 Good Afternoon,

Today we'll be having a discussion on some handy tips for reading the tarot. I have been reading for over 30 years and I teach students how to read the tarot during classes at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts.

Firstly, let's dispel some common rumors and superstitions about the tarot. I have heard nonsense that one needs to be given a deck by someone else, or even must steal a deck! This is absolutely not true! Keep your karma clean and buy your own deck. A deck needs to speak to you, and no one can choose a deck for you better than you can yourself.


Then I tell my students to set aside the book and learn from the deck itself. Look at the cards, see what story they each tell. One way of learning the cards quicker is to do tarot spells with them. Take the pentacles for instance. They stand for wealth, abundance and physical healing. A note here is important, you need to learn the various characteristics of the suits. Knowing what the pentacles stand for. Take all of them out of the deck and spread them out. Look at them closely. Now you will do a tarot spell with three cards. Look at the cards and choose one that seems to tell the tale of your finances in the recent past. Maybe a two of pentacles. Not having a lot of money, trying to balance the money so you can pay all the bills, and so on. Place this card, right side up on the table. Next to it, on it's right side, pick the Queen of pentacles if you're a woman, the King of pentacles if you're a man. Now, on this card's right side place a pentacle card that tells what you want the financial future to be! Maybe an Ace of pentacles, or the 10 of pentacles, showing great abundance. You see this way you have to read the story each card is telling you. To finish off the spell, take a green candle, place it on a plate and place this over the three cards as they lay on the table. Burn the candle and leave the cards there for a few days so the spells starts to manifest. What you deliberately chose will start to manifest. And it helps you read the cards quicker and easier for others.

Another tip, do NOT try to read your future in the cards. It's akin to doing your own psychotherapy. Very difficult. Not that it can't be done, but you are so close to .  .  .  You! That a clear, concise reading is difficult to pull off.  

Another tip for reading the cards. When you read for others, especially if you start to charge money for readings be aware of a few things. Firstly, no one wants to know the history of the tarot or how and why a Celtic cross spread works. They are not there to learn how to read the cards they are there for you to wow them!  They want you to tell them something you could not possibly know. Don't waste their time or money with unnecessary teaching. This just showcases your newness to the game.

You'll be uncertain and perhaps a bit nervous reading the cards. But refrain from asking questions. This shows your inexperience and nervousness. You might ask during the reading "does this make sense?" But only ask this once or twice. Not with every card.

Also, modern readers refrain from reading reverse readings. When a card is placed upside down.  When you place the card upside down, just turn it right side up. We don't read the cards because that is looking for challenges and difficulties. The little books that come with the cards always have the reverse meanings, but they are all basing their material on the original Rider Waite deck which was the first published deck and had reverse meanings. You don't need to look for the negative in a reading. You have the swords which stand for challenges and difficulties.

These are some of the bad habits I have seen new and experienced readers make. I have been reading for over 30 years.  Get a deck of cards, or even more than one, that attracts you with the pictures the cards have. Start reading for friends and people who won't give you a hard time, but will encourage you as you begin this path.

To help you start on your path to reading the tarot here are some magickal propertiies you need to know as they are associated with the suits of the cards:

Cups, cauldrons, chalices: These are associated with water and govern the emotions. Love, happiness, sadness, grief, are all found in the realm of the water cards.  You'll have to see what your deck uses, cups are most common, but there are many that use cauldrons or chalices. Or maybe even some other symbol, but it will be able to hold water, whatever the tarot artist uses.

Swords, knives, athames, or some other metal pointy thing. Here these symbols govern challenges, difficulties and stressful times. The swords are governed by fire. Yes, yes, I know everyone will say air but that is incorrect. The first deck published had a typo of sorts. They placed swords under air and wands under fire. No where in the magickal world will you see this correlation, no where except for the tarot.  I use the sword for the story each card tells, and I attribute the swords to difficulties and challenges and it has always come out as accurate and precise readings.

Then we have wands, staves, rods or other long, pointy wooden things. These are, as I said, governed by air and discuss communication, change, and relationships such as family and friends. But of course, the pictures each card has tells a story. Look for the story in the cards.

Finally you have the pentacles, coins, discs, or other flat, round objects. These stand for material wealth, abundance, money, as well as physical health and healing  and are governed by earth.

There is a lot to learn about reading the cards, but start simply with a deck of cards and a simple three card spread. Work with friends and write down what you see in the cards and then go back and ask your friends if the things you saw came to pass. Over time you will be reading the cards like a pro. And, it's an important note that anyone can learn to read the cards. You are not specially gifted or chosen or any such nonsense. It's a skill anyone can develop if they so choose. So get a deck and start reading!



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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Making Magickal Wands


 Good Afternoon,

Today, in magickal studies classes at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts, we went wand harvesting. Firstly, you don't need to go to some sacred, magickal forest to gather your wands. We went into the parking lot of Enchantments, which is lined with many trees and shrubs and we gathered our wands there.

First thing you do, is identify the tree from which you are gathering your wand. Look up the magickal properties of the wood. Does it have the qualities you'd like? A very good website to check out the magickal properties of a type of wood is www.dragonoak.com. They list in alphabetical order most trees and types of wood and their specific magick, contained therein.
Find the spot were you will saw the branch from the tree. If it's being cut next to the trunk, leave an inch or so of branch attached to the trunk to prevent the wound from rotting and killing the tree.

Next take your saw and cut the branch. Now, holding the branch an inch or so away from where it was cut from, take your athame or your finger and cut the air between the ends of the cut branch. This will cut the etheric body of energy the tree branch has and the energy will stay within the branch. Place your hand on the tree and thank it if you wish to.

Now you can strip the, excess branches and leaves and then bark from the wand or leave it on, depending on how it looks to you. Sand it down, remove little branch nodules and you can even stain it if you wish. You can add crystals to the end or wrap it in gold or silver or copper wire, whatever makes it special to you.

Bring your wand into a magick circle and consecrate it with fire, incense smoke and water. It will be ready to use.

Use wands to cast a magick circle, but be sure to use an athame with a metal blade to seal the circle, or a sword for that matter. If the energy of the wood your wand is made from is for loving energies, such as Lilac, you can use the wand to touch to red candles to intensify the loving energies the candles will draw when burned.

Take a wand with the magickal properties you desire and make a large circle in the air in front of you from the ground to above your head. Wave the wand in this circle several times, you can chant an incantation if you wish to. After a few minutes of moving the wand in this large circle, going deosil stop moving the wand. then step into the circle you created and stand within the moving currents of energy. Open your palms and mouth and absorb the energies, feeling them flowing into you and all around you. After a few minutes you can step 'out' of the circle and go about your business.You will continue to draw those magickal properties to you throughout your day and night.

Magick wands can be used to stir magick potions and brews. To lay on your altar to bring in desired properties of your spell. There are many ways to use this magickal wood. Many of the ways you might discover for yourself if you just sit with the wand and try to feel it's energy. Close your eyes, open your mind and see what it says to you.

One final note, never use dead wood found lying on the ground for your magickal wand. It has no energy and will not aid you in your magick. Always harvest from a living, healthy tree.

Happy wand harvesting!


Peace and Happiness







© 2010-2015 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 


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