The Little Book of Witchcraft by Astrid Carvel is a cute companion guide for the modern day witch. I say cute because it was written in a very easy to understand way, so it was in no means intimidating or complex. There were little skecthes throughout that made it seem like a notebook or grimoire, which was a nice touch. I appreciated the concise explanations of witchcraft, wicca, and white magic and the descriptions of altars, wands, crystals, etc. My only complaint is that there seemed to be an emphasis on the “modern day witch,” however, there was nothing uniquely modern about this since witches have been using things such as the four elements, candles, and salt for centuries. I wish there were more chapters devoted to actual modern day witchcraft which was only touched on, such as the use of social media, tech devices, and so forth. If the book contained more chapters pertaining to witchcraft in the twenty-first century, then this would be a stand out book. I do feel that the spells had a nice modern flair and seemed easy to perform, but the book needed more updated content. I also found the red and blue pages unreadable. There was not enough contrast between the font and coloured pages. I would recommend The Little Book of Witchcraft for those who are brand new to witchery as this book will help you ease into the craft. I would not recommend this book for those witches out there who are already well versed in witchcraft. Overall a cutesy read but lacking in the “modern” department.
Sally & Gillian Owens- Practical Magic
Practical Magic is one of my favourite stories/movies of all time. I loved the bond between Sally & Gillian and feel like I have the same type of relationship with my brother. They practiced domestic magic and were always looking out for each other. It hits close to home for me.
Gillian Holroyd- Bell Book & Candle
Kim Novak played a sophisticated manipulative witch in this film. I absolutely loved her slinky performance.
Cassie Nightingale- Good Witch
Cassie Nightingale is the witch from the Hallmark tv series/movies ‘Good Witch.’ Yes, she’s a little cheesy, but she uses her powers for good and not evil, and is probably one of the kindest witches of all time.
Eglantine Price- Bedknobs & Broomsticks
I also could relate to Eglantine Price from ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks.’ She was a closet witch who studied her craft at night…….something I can totally relate to.
Vianne Rocher- Chocolat
Vianne Rocher plays the mother in the story ‘Chocolat.’ She adds spoonfuls of magic into her and her family’s life and always makes a home out of nothing. Chocolat and its sequel ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris are my favourite books of all time.
Winnie- Hocus Pocus
Bette Midler slayed her performance as Winnie in Hocus Pocus.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
I grew up watching this tv show and loved how it was a coming of age story with a witchy twist. Melissa Joan Hart’s comedic spin was perfect.
As a fellow Ravenclaw, I have a soft spot for Luna Lovegood. She is quirky and weird and makes no apology for it. She is authentic and woo-woo even in the magical world. I think I’d be a lovegood if I wasn’t living in the Muggle world.
I dressed up as Glinda for a couple of Halloweens in a row and sometimes feel as though I am living in one of her rose quartz bubbles. She is a good witch who should have had her own movie by now.
A Glamour Witch is a Libra Witch who uses glamours- to deceive and hide her true nature. This New Moon is culminating with a magic to do with projections. Here’s how to properly harness its power. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the actual spell.
Libra Mirror Spell
Sun in Libra- The life of the spell for this New Moon’s witchery is about mirroring.
Moon in Libra The emotional intention of this spell has to do with self-acceptance.
Uranus opposing this New Moon suggests we can break this spell through authenticity.
Mercury in Scorpio- The magic words of this spell are about speaking your truth.
Jupiter is letting us know that this spell will teach us about our personal power.
Venus- Contains the ingredient of this spell which is love
*The planets are providing us with the opportunity to break (Uranus) a powerful spell that has been cast upon ourselves.
Circe in Astrology represents the ultimate witch. She shows you the magical powers that you possess.
Saturn Square Circe in the 6th House
Shows us that we are allowing those who oppose us to manipulate us and force us to be who aren’t.
Chiron Opposite Circe- 6th House
Shows us that our magic lies in looking to nature for the answers we seek.
Hekate represents how and where we should trust our magic in our Astrology charts.
Mercury Square Hekate
Mercury squaring Hekate shows that we are over-analyzing every little thing which is blocking our magic. We must learn to trust our magic by expressing our true selves through creativity without analyzing it.
Jupiter Square Hekate
Jupiter squaring Hekate is teaching us the importance of self-trust. Trust that everything is happening the way it should be.
Perform this spell on October 21 at 9:11 UTC.
Light a black candle.
Take a piece of goldsheen obsidian and repeat this mantra 5 times while you gaze into its reflective surface.
“I am all of the things I am”
Let your mind wander and pay attention to any images you see in the obsidian.
Do not analyze the images you see.
Welcome them with an open mind and release them with love.
Blow out the Black Candle
Place the Goldsheen Obsidian on a window ledge or place outside.
Repeat the spell for 3 days in a row.
‘Practical Magic’ has been on my mind lately…….and to quote Mr. Goran Visnjic who so drunkenly sang in the movie “You are always on my mindddddd.” The themes in this story have really hit home for me this month as you can see from this previous blog post where I wrote about Venus Retrograde and the Owens’ love curse.
I’ve also been thinking about the main character Sally Owens and her issues around denying her witchy heritage.
How often does it happen, that when you reject who you innately are, you find yourself confronted with that part of yourself all the time? The more Sally refused to engage in magic and embrace her blood, the more issues she found herself in. When she went to rescue her sister Gillian from an abusive relationship, she relied on the magic of belladonna to get them out of their messy situation, which turned into an even messier situation when Gilly’s boyfriend ended up dying and being buried in their backyard.Sally didn’t have to use belladonna- she could have gone to the police, but as usual, magic snuck its way into her life.
After her husband died because of the love curse, she found herself moving back in with her aunts and refusing to raise her daughters as witches. The longer she stayed with her aunts, the more she fell back into love with witchcraft. She even ended up opening up her own boutique- Verbena, in town selling magical creams and soaps.
By the end of the movie we see that Sally opened up her heart because of true love and embraced her witchiness, even going as far as creating a coven to help exorcise her sister, and jumping off the roof at Halloween in front of a congregation of neighbors.
The more we live and breath from a place of love, the more aligned we become. The vibration of love is the strongest and post powerful frequency which acts like a magnet for alignment. I’ve seen countless examples in my own life where I was constantly being confronted with things I was suppressing.
I believe Sally Owens ended up finding love because she embraced her witchy heritage. Even though she did cast a love spell as a child, I still think the spell only worked when she stopped denying who she was. Vibrate authenticity and witness the magic unfold in your own life.
And as Aunt Jet said in the movie “There’s a little witch in all of us….”
Date: Wednesday September 20, 2017
Moonbeams: Witchery & Surrending
Our New Moon in Virgo features 5 planets in Virgo with some auspicious configurations for magic.
Virgo is the sign of the Virgin which is all about being one with one’s self, and not needing anyone to define you. Virgo is a very solitary sign because it spends a great deal of time alone putting up walls of reserve and solitude in order to examine the divine details from a place of quietude. This encapsulates Virgo in a pristine crystalline structure that allows Virgo to view every situation from a place of clarity and reserve. Mercury, the ruler of Virgo is still conjunct Mars meaning that even Virgo’s are having trouble trusting information coming through at this time. Thought processes have quickened, but at the expense of intuition which is the cleaning agent of Virgo. Mars opposite Neptune is distorting our dreams and wishes, so the energy is very messy and in Virgo season, this is the equivalent to hell breaking loose. Saturn squaring the New Moon is putting pressure on the New Moon to clean up this confusing mess and the Moon is freaking out blaming itself for this kerfuffle.
If we go back to the basic archetype of Virgo, it’s one of solitude and quietude. Releasing blame and self critical behaviour is the best “cleaning agent” at this time. Mercury opposite Neptune is allowing us to weave spells of magic, to use affirmations and mantras to achieve the desired results. Having a heart to heart conversation with your guides and the universe will alleviate the pressures from Mercury and Saturn at this time.
It’s time to prune your broomsticks, get out your grimoires, and polish your crystals. The greatest lesson this New Moon has to offer us is that we are not the Be All and End All. There is no shame in asking the universe for help or calling upon higher forces for assistance. Most of us have been going through some major transformations this last little while do to the eclipses, and as a result we have found that we have been putting extreme pressures upon ourselves in order to get through the changes we have been experiencing. Part of the lesson of the Mercury Mars conjunction has been about releasing control. This is one of the hardest things for Virgo to accomplish, but surrendering control by calling upon higher forces is what will allow you to see the divine in the details as opposed to just a messy situation. We cannot forget that Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign which means that changes we co-create now will have a long lasting effect. This is why Virgo is the sign of the Witch. A witch is only a person who in her centredness invokes spirit to create change. What a better time for magic?
*All descriptions of the collections taken from VogueRunway.com
The Names of the Collections are my own.
Aries- Alexander McQueen- Warrior Witch
This season, she took her team to Cornwall, the southernmost county of the United Kingdom. It’s a landscape which inspired the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and has ancient stone circles, medieval churches and—if you look hard enough—a surviving subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft.
Discovering a Cloutie tree, on which people tie rags and ribbons as wishes and mementoes, triggered the beginning of the collection. Back in London, where Burton works in seclusion with the couture-level team which made Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, imagination took flight. Evolving ideas with the incredible hand-embroidery and textiles teams, they wove ideas from the memento ribbons into tweeds, and thought about self-determining women, women who sewed messages into samplers centuries ago.
The result was a show which staggered the audience with its dense imagery—dresses beaded with silvery trees; white lace figured with kissing doves, medieval tapestries of flora and fauna, trailing threads, witchy symbols of stars and suns traced in jet. Still, the thing which really made it was the believable youthfulness: long, tendrilly “undone” hair by Guido Palau, and flat studded bootees or McQueen trainers.
Taurus- Miu Miu- Mad Bull
Bringing down the curtain on Fall 2017 (the fashion shows have been running through the weirdest, most conflict-ridden political four weeks since the late 1960s), Miuccia Prada knew exactly what advice to offer the Miu Miu girls of the world: “It’s about the madness of glamour, in front of an uncertain future,” she said, and then added, “and I am getting really interested in so many kinds of beauty.” In other words? Face it down, glam it out, and represent!
Gemini- Giambattista Valli- Cafe Society
There’s no denying the beauty of Paris, even in the pouring rain—and there’s been plenty of miserable weather to go around these past few days. Giambattista Valli appreciates the melancholic allure of the city, and more importantly, the women who inhabit it. His latest collection was, in essence, a love letter to French girl style of the most romantic and soigné kind. La petite robe noire, or the little black dress in English, has been a linchpin of a Parisian wardrobe for more than half a century, and it’s one that’s close to Valli’s heart. He reimagined that look with his trademark, ultra-feminine flair and most of the dresses came with buoyant, peplum ruffles that either swished at the knee or swept the floor.
*The French cafe society vibe is perfect for intellectual Gemini.
Cancer- Elisabetta Franchi- Femme Selene
The collection was a hyper-feminine ode to throwback glamour. There were high-waisted, Hepburn-esque pants and embroidered blouses; a pajama/smoking jacket jumpsuit with a fur collar; embroidered tie-neck blouses with tight pencil skirts under glammed-up furs; lots of Chinoiserie references, as well as campy hats, leather opera gloves and fur stoles that looked like opera gloves. Styled to the nines, the look came across as costumey, but judging from Franchi’s front row, there’s clearly a market for her over-the-top drama.
Leo- Alberta Ferretti- Leolines
On the first day of Milan Fashion Week, Alberta Ferretti took us on a side trip to Venice, complete with Grand Canal–print chiffon dresses, gondolier stripes on everything from sweaters to an astrakhan jacket, velvets embroidered with the Piazza San Marco’s famous lion, and hooded capes and masks out of Carnival via Eyes Wide Shut. The Young Pope’s saturno hats got a nod, too.
Virgo- Red Valentino- Purity
Amish country is home to, well, the Amish, who generally reject alcohol, driving vehicles with motors, even cell phones. “There’s something that fascinates me about the Amish community,” said Piccioli is who he is, a dressmaker, and so in the end, this collection didn’t differ as much from the last as its origin story suggested it might. Red Valentino has all the hallmarks of its big-sister line—the embroideries, the floral prints, the demure, covered-up silhouettes—only at a nicer price. This time, scrolling black embroidery looked like it could’ve been lifted from the hex signs painted on barns; other dresses were stitched with hand and eye motifs, symbolizing charity and protection. Quilting techniques associated with the Amish culture were reproduced on a tweed A-line skirt a little on the rigid side, and wool sweaters were designed to look homespun. The brand codes and Amish codes came together best on smock-shouldered, ribbon-belted silk dresses with delicate floral prints that looked painted on.
Libra- Alice & Olivia- I’m Your Venus
Last year on her birthday, Stacey Bendet received a very special gift. Salman Rushdie gave her a miniature copy of his novel The Enchantress of Florence and, in turn, inspired her to create a Fall collection filled with nods to Indian emperors and the Italian Renaissance. The story is about a woman forging her own way in a man’s world, a theme that’s been underscored at nearly every show this week. Bendet, however put her own peppy, funky spin on the topic, showing cute and colorful wares that would befit a modern-day maharani or Botticelli chick. She also offered up a slogan tee with the phrase Be the change you want to see in the world.
Bendet made it clear that this wasn’t about forcing a political conversation. “It’s about taking everything you’re seeing and hearing and interpreting it as your own,” the designer said. That’s precisely what she did with Rushdie’s vibrant tale, turning her covetable party dresses and evening gowns into glittering versions of the author’s Akbar empire. Bendet created a special print based on the artwork mentioned in Rushdie’s novel and borrowed from Botticelli’s Primavera painting. Aside from the literal artistic references to The Enchantress of Florence, the rest of the collection linked back to the narrative only in the colors and embellishment of the separates. To wit, camo print pants expressed the battles that took place in the book, while bright pinks washed over suits and silver sequined miniskirts alluded to the richness of India’s royal palaces and lush landscapes.
Scorpio- Reem Acra- Gothic Gorgeous
With this collection, she says she closed her eyes and asked herself, “Who am I?” The answer: a strong, modern, global nomad, with a lashing of Edwardiana for good measure. No stranger to embroidery, the designer offered up lavish “tattoo” tops with heart, eye, and Fatima hand motifs. Asymmetrical peplums, a bronze bomber, and a black sweatshirt embroidered with hearts made a case for fusing evening and day. A transparent black bodice sewn with green crystals evoked the Pre-Fall gown Jennifer Lopez wore to the People’s Choice Awards in January, but with a lighter touch.
Sagittarius- Elie Saab- Purple Reign
“dark, romantic stuff,” is what Mr. Saab calls it.
The collection was inspired by Giselle and did indeed contain many looks highly suitable for dancing and entrancing errant males to their doubtlessly richly deserved demise. Layers of tulle and ruffle were heaped to whirl dervish-ly around their wearers as they walked. Marabou danced down necklines. Lily-etched lace bled into lily-embroidered velvets. A one-armed opera cloak swooshed above a lily-print chiffon skirt with velvet detail on the bodice. Full tulle skirts patterned with polka dots were worn below bikers etched in gold-studded lily silhouettes. There were some non-dresses here, including a fitted black pant-and-jacket, whose outlines were traced by stitches of thick silk ribbon, but they were asides rather than points of focus.
Purple is ruled by Sag……perfect don’t cha think?
Capricorn- Antonio Marras- Practical ‘N’ Pretty
The clothes for men and women shared the same fabrications, prints, and brocades. Both men and women wore new-condition vintage tailored herringbone and tweed jackets that Marras said he had sourced from Prato and then Marras-ized by cutting them up and rebuilding them again with extra panels of fabric and added bolsters of embroidery. There was a little bit of contemporary streetwear—parkas and tracksuits—and some wonderfully ruched yet angular velvet dresses in yellow and teal (in which one could imagine Katharine Hepburn leaning on a piano and singing bewitchingly). Out on the runway, the looks unfolded as usual—until a couple started dramatically throwing each other this way and that. Throughout the show, performers from Milan’s Teatro della Danza exercised anguished and passionate articulations of human emotion and desire. One dancer was not a professional, gallerist Pasquale Leccese, who (along with critic Cristina Morozzi) was one of the more mature members of this inspiring ensemble. At the finale, the cast, designer, and the designer’s dog, Pierivo, raced around the runway—great, joyful stuff.
Aquarius- Chanel- Space Gang
Lagerfeld is never one for gloom and despondency, and he resolutely hates looking back. Logical, then, to go forward—to the Chanel universe and beyond! The starship Chanel crew will be wearing glittery lunar boots with co-respondent black tips, tweed tunics with standaway collars, Bermuda shorts, “insulated” silver leather suits, and metallic padded space stoles. When the craft navigates to the dark side of the moon (perhaps), eveningwear will consist of black-and-white chiffon “space person” prints and garments embroidered in constellations of Chanel pearls. Satellite bags will be carried.
Pisces- Dior- Blue Skies
Chirui’s deeper overarching theme was a meditation on the color blue. She’d started in the Dior archive with a navy belted skirt suit from 1951 and gone from there. A version of it appeared in silk taffeta with a hooded top, surprisingly contemporary-looking in translation. Blue in all its nuances formed a link between her thoughts about World War II women’s uniforms, factory-worker utilitywear, the blue paintings of Picasso and Chagall, jazz blues and the spiritual meanings humanity finds in contemplating the universe. It allowed her to explore the feminine nature of Dior with a continuation of the pretty tulle bustier dresses and astrology-embroideries she’d begun with her haute couture collection, adding midnight blue velvet minidresses to the constellation of the house eveningwear.
The June 21st Solstice marks the official start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year, while the Winter Solstice occurs in the Southern Hemisphere and marks the shortest day of the year. Even though this is more of an astronomical event, the planetary energies on this day actually foretells what will occur for the next 3 months on a collective scale up until the end of September and even up until the Fall Equinox . Looking at your planetary transits that day can also act as a mini Solar Return chart- letting you know about the energies you will be working with or against until the end of September.
Sun in Cancer Conjunct Mercury in Cancer- Communication will be important, so focus on improving the way you speak and get your point across, this include body language. It’s a great time to network on social media, and to write from the comfort of your home. Lightworking through your writing will naturally come through. Emotional instability will serve as inspiration for creative works. Feeling is healing. The Sun and Mercury will both be opposite Saturn showing a restlessness and need and huge desire to move on.
Moon in Taurus- Light bulbs will go off in our minds about our future and what we need to work on in order to bring it into reality. The Moon will also be in its Balsamic phase at the Scorpio degree, indicating a heavy occultic overtone to this solstice. With both the Sun and Moon being in their dark phase it’s a time for focusing on our future and releasing the past. Our future is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Venus Trine Pluto- Your intuition will be heightened so you will be able to analyze your current situation with a magnifying glass. Do not sacrifice your morals and values for anyone. Use your powers for good and not evil.
Moon to Pluto- The Moon is the ruler of the our Solstice Sun so take note of where you are not being honest with yourself. What are you hiding from? If you’re hiding from change or are afraid to put yourself out there, Pluto is going to reveal this to you.
Considering this is the time of light in the NH, there is a darkness that is pervading this Solstice with a heavy Plutonian and Scorpionic energy. We are being called to retreat into our womb consciousness- to surrender and extend our optimism out into the world like the rays of sunshine. There is always a balance in the universe and we have to thank the cosmos for giving us this day of light, but balancing it with the darkness of introspection. If I could sum up this solstice, it would be to to dream big, have strong values, and to remember that YOU are the light in the darkness.
“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”– Francis Bacon
Lana Del Rey’s song ‘Summertime Sadness’ captures the essence of this Solstice with its melancholy lyrics and sepia toned video which screams Cancer.