The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson is THE manual to use if you want to raise magickal children and imbue your life with a bit of practical magick. The author told the story of how she raised her own magical family successfully while providing many tips and advice on how to incorporate modern day witchery and paganism into your life. Her approach was not forceful and did not come across as preachy or intimidating, rather, her tips on how to add magic into children’s lives were more covert and disguised as fun little games or child friendly crafts. While many people will not feel comfortable going to the extreme the author did by making every single aspect of their child’s lives paganistic, tips such as following the Wheel of the Year, or honouring Mother Nature, or grounding exercises accompanied by cutesy songs were much more realistic ,as opposed to running naked under the full moon. What I especially loved about this book was the underlying message- that honouring your child’s individuality and uniqueness is what magic is all about. I appreciated the author’s encouragement throughout the book to nurture your inner child, as it is the innocence and joy of believing in magic that truly makes any life extra ordinary. I would highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to fill their family’s lives with wonder and appreciation of the simple things in life such as the changing of the seasons, the lunar cycle, and handmade soaps among other things. It is these simple practices offered in this book that gets back to the basics on what magic truly is. The appreciation of the time, and beauty of all the little things in life……much like raising a family is all about treasuring those little moments that whizz by in the blink of an eye……and that is what the magic of life is all about.
Black cats doing a witch’s bidding have been a long time association with witchcraft. The majestic black night sky fur of a cat with yellow eyes lurking in the shadows of magic is a cliche that has haunted witches for centuries. But how many modern day witches actually own a black cat anymore? Is it fair to say that cats have since been replaced? I’d like to present my thesis that witch’s familiars have been replaced for the modern day cell-phone- iphone, android, tablet, ipad. Think about it- a witch can weave spells on her twitter timeline, hex those on Facebook, cast glamors on Instagram, and hide behind a veil of anonymity and secrecy on social media, allowing her to hide her true intentions and identity.
Familiars come from the Latin term ‘familiaris’ meaning a household servant. They were mentioned in the bible referring to the spirit guides of sorcerers and necromancers. Modern day technology has since become servants to everyone, including magickal folk- transforming itself from a piece of glass and plastic- to an enchanted talisman. The internet has become the modern day version of a grimoire- Google is essentially an encyclopedia for any topic, and witches, wiccans, pagans you name it, are able to find their covens online. The internet has allowed mystical people all over the world come out of their broom closets.
Witches typically received familiars as an initiatory gift into their coven. Our society today is a coven of globalization- and as a result people all over the world own cell-phones and communicate with each other at any time and any place. Familiars over time have been portrayed as mischievous and cunning- not unlike social media today where bullying and hatred seems to take comfort.
Familiars would often appear as a black cat or other small creature as marginalized women who were often accused of being witches would have small pets. They would appear to be harmless, but because of their association with outcasted women- they took on a more supernatural guise. Online predators who hide on social media to pray on the vulnerable reminds me of this concept.
A familiar will use magic and intelligence to form a very special bond with its companion in order to better assist them, and to also feed off their energy. Think about those online who form relationships and friendships even though they have never met in person. Can you be sure the person on the other side of the computer has pure intentions? Maybe they’re parasitic entities feeding off your vibes? I don’t mean to scare anyone, but harmful magic does exist, even if you don’t identify as a witch, pagan, or new ager. You can also see this special bond with social media. People are obsessed with taking selfies and photo editing apps to disguise and alter photos for the purpose of receiving more likes and follows. This shows the blind worship of superficiality, a.k.a glamors. We all know this can go too far, and it’s thanks to our familiars that deception is literally at our fingertips.
Ultimately, if you have a strong emotional bond to an animal or object that can be considered a familiar. Consecrating your pets or objects with love, and intent is all it takes to turn them into handy helpers to do your bidding. You don’t need a black cat named Salem to do your dirty work for you these days, all you need is a seemingly harmless device.
Here are some ideas on how to decorate a Christmas tree that has some pops of a New Age aesthetic.
Use crystals and gems suspended from ribbon to add some sparkle to your tree
Use a quartz crystal star as a tree topper
The more lights, the better
Paint ornaments that look like the planets
Use the colour white as it represents light- which Christmas is the celebration of
Include feathers to remind yourself of your connection to the divine
You can even decorate your tree according to the 7 chakras, which correlates to the Christmas tree, and the tree of life. For example; use an amethyst coloured tree topper, you can even use a Crown as a tree topper (Purple, crown chakra) and a red tree skirt (Root chakra).
Have yourself a ‘Lumi’ little Christmas, from The Luminessence
There is something about cinnamon and October that go so nicely together. I like to think of Cinnamon as the kitchen witch’s perfume.
Mystically speaking, Cinnamon can trace its roots to Ancient Egypt where it was used as a mixture with other herbs to fill the body cavities of mummies due to its purification qualities.
It is also used to raise psychic powers, aids in healing, and attracts love and luck!
You can combine cinnamon in almost any spell as according to varying sources,as it is associated with fire, air, and water energies!
Add some cinnamon to your spice collection this Autumn and use this sweet and savoury ingredient to your kitchen magick.
If you would like to join in on my October Oracle use the hashtag #octoberoracle!
Cheerful, enthusiastic, clairvoyant, nature lover, creative, noble, proud, bold, and loud.
Sunday’s Child is bonny, blithe, & gay
Ruling Planet- Sun
Astrological Sign- Leo
Tarot Card- The Sun
Gods- Vishnu-Krishna-Rama, Horus, Adonis Apollo, Helios, Hyperion, Ra, Semesh,
Goddesses- Bast, Ilat, Sekhmet, Theia, Amaterasu, Brigit.
Scent- Frankincense, Orangeblossom
Crystals- amber, bloodstone, sunstone, citrine