“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.
Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.”

~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull ~

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Life does that . . .

It was a little chilly this morning when I took the dogs for a walk and it's been cloudy all day. Not that I mind a little bit of coolness after a hot and humid summer, but am I ready for fall? Perhaps, but definitely not ready for winter and the cold and snow that comes with it.

This month has certainly been filled with ups and downs. My dog, Shelby, has transitional cell carcinoma (which means he has bladder cancer). We're ever watchful and have decided to do palliative care rather than put him through sessions of chemo and trips to unknown places with unknown people. He seems to be doing well on the medication given to him by the vet and I'm hopeful he has many more months with us.

On Sunday we came home after being out doing errands and at supper time I noticed that part of Keeya's lower beak was missing. We're not sure what happened, but a trip to the vet was in order for pain meds. I'm amazed at how far avian care has come as they were able to fashion a makeshift beak for her until her's grows back in. Poor little thing!

My dear friend's husband lost his job (but got a new one right away). Still, my trip to Pennsylvania has been postponed indefinitely. Bummer!

On the upside, it's my 21st wedding anniversary this Thursday. We're not celebrating in a big way, but we'll be spending time together and that's what really matters. It's also my friend Carl's birthday this weekend so I've planned a birthday bash for him which I'm really looking forward to.

There are many ups and downs along life's highway, but if we can stay focused and not get derailed by the twists and turns in the road, we'll make it through, hopefully, with a smile on our faces at the end of the journey . . .


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Magical Protection

I'm currently reading a book called 'Reclaim the Power of the Witch - Making Magic Make Sense' by Monte Plaisance. It is an incredible book filled with all kinds of information including the normal stuff you'd find in a book like this, but it also covers information that I hadn't read before or that was maybe slightly glossed over in other books. One of those topics is protection.

Monte states that, next to the athame, the witch's bottle is one of the most important items to be made and it should be done as early in your practice as possible. The witch's bottle is used for protection against another witch's or magician's magick. Also, never let anyone know that you're making the bottle or the reason for doing so.

How to Make a Witch's Bottle

You'll need:
  • an empty 6 oz jar with a lid
  • a red cloth cut into the shape of a heart
  • some of your own hair clippings
  • some of your own nail clippings
  • 13 iron nails
  • 13 black-headed pins
  • 1 cup of sea salt
  1. Place all the items on your altar and take a few moments to meditate on the task at hand. You are performing a rite of protection for your magical safety.
  2. Take the hair and nail clippings and place them into the jar saying: "Here do I present myself."
  3. Take the 13 iron nails and place them into the jar saying: "Here are my swords of protection".
  4. Take the salt and pour it into the jar saying: "Here is salt to purify me and keep me clean and safe".
  5. Take the red heart-shaped cloth - hold it high and say: "Here is the heart of any who wish me harm".
  6. Stick all of the 13 black-headed pins into the cloth heart and say: "Let any who wish me harm or any who wish me ill feel the pain of their own heart's hate, rebounded by this witch's will".
  7. Place the pin-studded heart into the jar.
  8. Next, fill the jar with your own urine. As Monte himself says "I know this sounds rather disgusting, but urine is a very powerful liquid condenser. If you look at your own primal instincts, urinating on something is symbolic of saying how worthless you think it is. This is in effect what you are doing. You are stating, symbolically, that you know any spell that is cast against you is a useless and worthless gesture, and this is the frame of mind you should take while performing this act." Note: If you just can't get past using urine, then it is perfectly acceptable to use wine, apple cider vinegar or blessed salt water.
  9. When the jar is filled, or at least halfway so, screw the cap on and paint a protective pentagram in red on the top of the lid. Take the jar out on the night of the new moon and bury it somewhere near your home. As you are burying the jar say: "Blessed Mother of the Darkened Moon, I pray that you grant me this boon. A bottle of protection do I bury here, to protect me from those both far and near. May any curse or magick spell placed on me be dispelled. Rebounded on the sender be. In accordance with the Law of Three".
  10. Now cover the jar with dirt and seal the dig by tracing an upright triangle in the soil. Stand up, turn, and walk away without looking back. Once the bottle is buried, it should never be dug up again. To do so would be to release all of the negativity that is has absorbed for you. If another person digs up the bottle, it will have no effect, as the bottle is designed to absorb negativity aimed directly to you. This energy is tied to you and you alone, and cannot affect another person.

If at some point you move, do NOT dig up the bottle and take it with you. The bottle will continue to work for you. However, it is a good idea to make another bottle and bury it at the new location. If at some point you feel you are under attack, it could be that your witch's bottle has broken. In this case, simply make another bottle.

Another way to protect yourself from attack, in this case psychic attack, is to have a protection bath. Begin by preparing for the bath by cleaning out your tub with one capful of ammonia to a gallon of water and scrubbing the tub down. Ammonia is used because it has the magical quality of removing unwanted energy, both good and bad, from an object or dwelling. Be sure to rinse well.

Next fill the tub with water, as cold as you can stand it (between 65 to 70 degrees). To this add three tablespoons of sea salt and one tablespoon of baking soda. Using your athame, place the tip into the water and say: "I exorcise thee O'Creature of Water. Let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence from, and let all good enter herein. In the names of the Great Mother and Father Gods do I purify, bless, and invoke thee." Trace an invoking pentagram on the surface of the water using your wand or index finger of your power hand. The water is now purified and charged to neutralize and cleanse your aura.

You'll need:

  • Frankincense
  • Dragon's Blood
  • Myrrh
  • Salt

Use about one teaspoon of each herb placed into a mesh tea bag/ball available from the grocery store. Bring a pint or more of water to a boil and then turn off the heat. Place the herbs into the water, cover, and let steep for about five minutes. Place one cup of the bath tea into your bath water. Kneel in the water, which should come up to your waist, and with a small bucket or large cup begin to scoop up the water and pour it over your head and body. Make very certain that you are complete doused with the water.

While you are pouring the bath water over you, you must visualize yourself as being cleansed and empowered. It is also very important to chant a rhythmic chant stating the purpose of the bath while dousing yourself ~ "A wall of fire around me is twined, Protection and safety now are mine." For the best effect, say the chant and then pour the water over you. Repeat this for several minutes. When done, step out of the bath and dry yourself with a clean white towel.

Another form of protection is to use incense.

You'll need:

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Dragon's Blood

Before you begin blending incense it is important to concentrate on why you are doing it. Focus your attention on the purpose at hand and chant the following: "Herbs of Magick do I mix, for (state purpose, in this case protection) these herbs I fix. An incense of mystic scent I blend, its power to my magick lend."

Magical protection is of the utmost importance when practicing and working in magical ways because when performing ritual, the energy you raise is very attractive to a variety of spirits, and they will come and huddle around, waiting to absorb that energy and thereby gain strength.

In most cases, these spiritual entities have no other intent other than to absorb energy, and in most cases are harmless. However, magical protection should be the first type of magical ritual or spell that you learn. And it's not only spirits that you need to be aware of. If you're an out-of-the-broom closet Wiccan or Witch, you will also need to protect yourself from neighbors, co-workers, friends and in some cases, family members, who may be sending negative thought patterns towards you.

You may want to consider spells or rituals to protect your home, business or place of employment (ie your cubicle), against enemies both open and secret, and to remove the effects of bad gossip.

These are just some of the ways you may want to consider in your practice to protect yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Source: Reclaim the Power of the Witch - Making Magic Make Sense ~ Monte Plaisance

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blog Parties!

It's been a long time since I participated in a blog party, but these ones I just couldn't resist! Who doesn't want to let their hair down and dance and sing like a gypsy amongst like-minded gypsy souls? And I'm always up for some Practical Magic!

So, I cordially invite you to join me on September 10th for the Gypsy Dreams Blog Party and then again on September 24th for the Practical Magic Blog Party . . . it's going to be a magickal month!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Green Tara Against Animal Cruelty

While browsing around the internet today I came across a site that tore my heart out. And while I didn't watch the videos of animals being mistreated, I just know that the images would stay with me and haunt me. In fact, I don't even have to watch them, I intuitively know and am saddened by the cruelty animals face every day.

And so I want to spread the word that there is something you can do, especially if you're a Green Tara devotee like me. Something that is so simple that can make a multitude of difference.

Simply print out this beautiful picture of Green Tara and repeat her mantra 1000 times.


When you print out the image, you are making a COMMITMENT to complete 1000 recitations of Green Tara’s mantra. While reciting the mantra, focus on generating merits for all animals to take a good rebirth, and to stop animal cruelty.

DEDICATE IT to the dancing bears of India and the dolphins stabbed in Japan.

DEDICATE IT to the suffering dogs on the farms of Korea and to the bulls of Spain.

DEDICATE IT to abused working horses and to the chickens in battery farms all over the world.

Think of all the animals in the world who suffer every single day because of human selfishness. Dedicate it because YOU CARE.

Here’s another thing you can do, pass along the Green Tara image to your friends and family and ask them to do the same! Give it to them because you know they too can help reduce animal cruelty around the world. Do something about animal cruelty NOW.

Source: Kechara Animal Sanctuary (www.kechara.com)


Monday, August 1, 2011

Blogger Comments

So I've been travelling around to some of my favorite blogs and trying to leave comments and all I get is bounced around from word verification, to sign in, to comments posted as anonymous, yada, yada, yada. What the heck is going on? Why do these companies always think that bigger is better and that they're going to 'improve' on what is already available? And why don't they sort out the kinks first before subjecting us to pulling out our hair?

So, if you haven't seen any comments from me it isn't for lack of trying. I just decided to quite while I was behind . . .