A Saturnalia Ritual

Saturnalia was an ancient Pagan festival held from December 17-25. It was celebrated to honour the God of the harvest and agriculture-Saturn. Ancient Romans believed that Winter was caused by the Sun losing its power due to a battle with the God of the Dead- Pluto. In order to bring back the harvest, various rituals and sacrifices would be performed to appease the Sun God.

We can incorporate modern day Saturnalia themes in our modern magickal practices. An easy way to do this would be to create a Saturnalia crystal grid. Crystal Grids are vortices of energy created using healing crystals for the purpose of manifestation. The choice of crystals and their placements will ensure that their energies are properly utilized.

Saturn may have been the planet of agriculture to the ancient pagans, but in modern day Astrology, Saturn is the planet of responsibility, effort, structure, and karma. We can harness Saturn’s energies during Saturnalia to help us manifest our goals. It will be even more potent this year as Saturn will be changing signs from Sagittarius where it has been for 2.5 years, to Capricorn until 2020, which is its natural ruler. Saturn’s manifesting abilities will be extra strong and powerful which is why this year, Saturnalia will be very special.

 

How to Make Your Crystal Grid

The size of your crystal grid does not matter.

What you will need:

6 pieces of Brown Agate or Turitella Agate

6 pieces of Smoky Quartz

1 piece of Sunstone

 

The Ritual

Perform this ritual on a Saturday night.

Find a quiet spot where you will be assembling your crystal grid. You can google crystal grid templates or sacred geometry for inspiration.

Ensure that your crystals have been cleansed. I would recommend rubbing sea salt on them as Salt is ruled by Saturn.

Take a deep breath in and think of what you would like to manifest. Please focus on just 1 thing.

Pick up your first piece of brown agate and say the following words

“Lord Saturn, I consecrate this crystal to bring forth _____________ into my life.”

Place the crystal down onto your gird.

Continue picking up all of your crystals one by one, (leaving Sunstone last) repeating the above words.

When you reach your piece of Sunstone, say the following words:

“I call upon the Sun to infuse my life with ___________________.  I honour you Oh practical Sun! Shine your light on what needs to be done!”

 

Place the piece of Sunstone in the centre of your crystal grid.

Your Saturnalia crystal grid is complete.

Disassemble it after December 25th.

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Astro-Witchery: Little Scorpion

If you are not familiar with the television series ‘Penny Dreadful,’ stop everything you’re doing, take a couple of days off, and binge-watch the entire series. “Many people are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. Penny Dreadful brings those and other characters into a new light by exploring their origin stories in this psychological thriller that takes place in the dark corners of Victorian London.”

One of the main characters is Vanessa Ives- played by the marvelously Gothic actress Eva Green. Vanessa Ives is a psychic medium, cartomancer, and witch, who’s nick name is Little Scorpion which was given to her by the very first witch she met. Throughout the series- Vanessa draws a scorpion symbol in blood which acts as her totem, talisman, and sigil. She draws the Scorpion symbol as a means to protect herself and to delve deeper within herself. The origins of this symbol are revealed later in the show, but it’s very obvious that Vanessa Ives is a Scorpio. She is seductive, dark, and has many emotional demons…….and some not so emotional demons residing inside her. She seems to know throughout her whole life that there is something dark within her that she does not dare release…….a common Scorpionic theme.

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Sigils

If Vanessa uses the Scorpion symbol as her protective talisman and as a means to connect to her inner demons without unleashing them, than that must mean that we can use our own symbols for the same purpose.

This is the sigil for Scorpio:

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The M of the sigil signifies Mother Earth and the planet Mars which is Scorpio’s traditional ruler. The tail represents the Scorpion’s tail and poison which is its ability to paralyze people using psychological techniques.

I created a ritual using the character Vanessa Ives as inspiration.

 

 

The Ritual- Ives (pronounced Iv-ez) Scorpionem

Find a quiet space.

Close all the lights.

Light a black candle.

Have a few blank pieces of paper ready along with a red pen or marker.

Begin by drawing the Scorpio sigil- size doesn’t matter.

Continue drawing the sigil, allowing your mind to wander.

The Scorpio sigil will activate your own Scorpionic energies within you.

What are you feeling that wants to be unleashed?

When you recognize what this feeling is, stop drawing the sigil.

Take a piece of smoky quartz in each hand- and recite these words:

“I am strong-willed and agile like the Scorpion.”

“I am most who I am unrestrained.”

Blow out the black candle.

Scatter sea salt on your Scorpion sigils.

Collect all of your sigils into one pile.

Place a piece of Aquamarine on the top page of the pile to wash away any negative energies.

The ritual is complete.

Perform the ritual every Tuesday during Scorpio season.

Astro-Witchery

The Cosmic Space Priestess sits perched on her windowsill- her talisman telescope gazes up at the luminaries in the night sky. Her eyes are nebulas, her lips are stars, and her magic weaves a silver spun thread throughout the glittering midnight tapestry up above.

 

Astro-witchery is a form of Astrology that views the zodiac signs as sorcerers, the planets as talismans, and the aspects as spells. Analyzing an astrology chart using this technique allows one to see the horoscope as a grimoire of sorts- full of magical secrets. You can focus on particular parts of the chart for example, you might just decide to focus on career and see what magic lies there and how the witch/warlock can harness that energy.

Sun- the life of the spell

Moon- the emotional intention

Mercury- magic words

Venus- the ingredients/supplies of the spell

Mars- the passion

Jupiter- what the spell will teach you

Saturn- the rules of magic

Neptune- Other-dimensional assistance

Pluto- the dark forces

Uranus- how to break the spell

 

Aries- Energetic Witch

Taurus- Rich Witch

Gemini- Literary Witch

Cancer- Kitchen Witch

Leo- Ceremonial Witch

Virgo- Hedge Witch

Libra- Glamour Witch

Scorpio- Evil Witch

Sagittarius- Eclectic Witch

Capricorn- Traditional Witch

Aquarius- Astro-Witch

Pisces-Sea Witch

 

Conjunctions- magic has no bounds

Squares- magical difficulty

Opposition- breaking magical rules

Trines- Magical Success

Sextiles- Conducive for Magic

Quincunx- unusual elements of magic