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For the past year I wrote a series of blogs about the Wheel of the Year from an Astrological perspective. I related this calendar to the cycle of creation and how by utilizing the seasonal power-points we can harness its potent cosmic energies for renewal and growth, essentially helping us track the creation of our year’s experiences.

Down below I have included a link to the free e-book I wrote, compiling all of my Wheel of the Year analyses into one PDF.

The Cycle of Creation

As always thanks for reading!

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Imbolc: The Cosmic Conception

Imbolc marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. However, it is so much more than that.

There was a frequency and or seed that what was released at the Winter Solstice (Capricorn season- entirely male event). It was a frequency that was encoded with our hopes, dreams, and wishes for the new year. That frequency becomes seeded at Imbolc- with Earth being symbolic of the womb. This is Conception which is why Imbolc is essentially a Fertility ritual. Mother Earth (matrix) needs to start receiving this energy in order to give birth at the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is an entirely feminine event unlike the Winter Solstice. It is on this night that Mother Earth decides to marry the Fire God which makes her a bride= we get the word ‘bride’ from Brigid. She is a triple goddess which is where we get the three tiered wedding cake.

We can see this feminine energy in nature:

-February 2nd sap begins to rise- feminine energy is beginning to awaken to the male energy.

-Warm blooded creatures begin to lactate.

-Groundhog Day occurs on February 2nd- this is symbolic of giving birth.

The Water Bearer

Imbolc occurs at 15 degrees Aquarius which is known as a critical degree in Astrology. The 15th degree is a turning point, one of great change and force. This force is Spiritual Intelligence. We know that intelligence is Brigid’s virtue. If we look at the Aquarius constellation 15 degrees falls at the point where water is cascading out of the water-bearer’s vase. These are spiritual waters that are being poured onto the Earth.

If we are living in a time when we understand the reality we are creates comes from the mind and heart before it touches the ground- or manifests- there has to be a dream or a vision first, which is the essence of Aquarius. We can take everything we dream, and pour our heart and soul into it, we can print it onto the soil and ether simultaneously. We impregnate the ether with our hopes and wishes. Aquarius is an air sign so we can expect our hopes and wishes to be carried away by divine energies back up to the cosmos.

The Aquarius glyph is the zig zag which we can assume is electricity. It is at Imbolc that we experience the spark of life that gets ignited. This is why Brigid is a fire goddess. Earth at its core is hot and fiery. It is here where crystals and land formations are created. Aquarius also represents our inner sun. Fire is the ultimate creative energy, but it also destructive. We can view the two zig zag lines as- what you’re putting out is what you are getting back. The zig zags are frequencies. It’s important to pay attention to any omens you receive during the first week of February as these will indicate what the upcoming year has in store for you. Your manifesting powers are especially strong right now.

The Ugly Duckling Syndrome

The constellation Cygnus is known as the Swan constellation. This constellation is beside the Aquarius constellation. Ironically, one of Brigid’s symbols is the swan because she transformed herself into a symbol of hope and peace. If we follow the Swan’s Path/constellation it takes us on a journey to the galactic centre which is the centre of our milky way. It is believed that souls enter and leave through this centre and descend from the planetary dimensions to Earth through it.

Essentially- Imbolc/Brigid’s Day is a celebration of the galactic centre. A celebration of our Cosmic Conception.

‘The Great Wizards of Antiquity’ by Guy Ogilvy- REVIEW

This book looked at the so called wizards of history- famous figures and more obscure trailblazers who by using what we would consider occult practices attempted to unravel the mysteries and secrets of life. The first section explored ‘Prehistoric and Mythic Magic’ specifically focusing on the Lion Man which was very interesting and something I never knew about prior to reading this book. Section two examined ‘Pre-socratic Sorcerers of Ancient Greece,’ which was a drier section but still interesting nonetheless. Finally, the third section looked at ‘The Western Alchemical Tradition’ which I found to be the most fascinating, especially the stories about the Islamic alchemists and the chapter on James Price. A good portion of the book focused on philosophers whose theories about the existence of humanity are in many ways considered magical, for how they were able to come to such conclusions is truly astonishing.

The book contained some personal magical experiences of author Guy Ogilvy, which were a little eerie, but certainly helped to bring a sense of realism to the overall book. This book was also well sourced and I liked that large sections of primary sources were included in the chapters as well. I jotted down many notes and obscure facts that I want to research further which is quite exciting.

Overall this was a fascinating book and even though I never would have called Pythagoras or Epimenides “wizards,” if a wizard is someone who is wise, than yes, after reading this book, I also agree that these individuals possessed so much wisdom, that they were indeed magical. 

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Marie Basile- REVIEW

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Maria Basile is the modern-day witch’s guide on magic. No there aren’t any spells for winning the lottery or making someone fall in love with you, but there are spells on how to empower yourself…in a confident and feminist way. What I most loved about this grimoire was that the spells all featured ways to alchemize negative emotions and states of mind into positive healthy vibes. I have never actually read a spell book that emphasized personal growth so this book was a lavender breath of fresh air. The spells and rituals featured help you to cast a shining light upon those parts of yourself that you have hidden away, much like the woman healers of the past (whom we call witches), who had to hide themselves away to avoid persecution. Society today can often times feel as though we are being burned at the stake, and Light Magic for Dark Times will help you realize that a little self-care is the magical potion you need so you can brew some positive changes in your life.

If the point of witchcraft is to bring about practical change, this book is revolutionary. Modern day grimoires focus heavily on traditional magick such as creating love potions, protective amulets, and so forth. What’s missing from those spells are a modern and relatable context. In Light Magic for Dark Times there are spells for saying no to labels, to end loneliness, to recharge after doing social justice work, and rituals for going with the flow, to celebrate yourself after you’ve lost confidence, releasing parental resentment etc. I was particularly drawn to the lunar rituals being the moon-child I am, and I plan on performing the new moon rituals this month. The spells and rituals are categorized under Love, Grief and Trauma, Negativity, Regeneration and Recharge, Identity and Body, Shadow Work, Writing Magic, Last-Minute Light, and Finding Your Craft.

The beauty of magic is that it doesn’t require a lot of tools or objects. What is required is self-awareness and a willingness to grow, which are the key tools needed in this grimoire if you expect the spells to work. Sure a piece of rose quartz is recommended, along with some basic candles, but the essential materials required for the spells are a few moments of silence, a comfy chair, and a paper and pen. Basile’s writing background comes across strongly throughout this book as the majority of the spells and rituals require journaling. This book is the perfect companion to Basile’s Luna Luna Magazine which is of the same essence.

The luminous thread that bound this book together was self-care and personal empowerment. Being a modern-day witch is less about pentagram necklaces and black cats and more about honouring thyself through meaningful intentions and sacred work that makes a difference in a time when it’s becoming harder and harder to find the light. Even if you don’t identify as a witch or spell caster, read this book anyways, because if you are a woman trying to navigate her way through the murky waters of 2018 and beyond, Light Magic for Dark Times will become a very handy paper familiar. 

You Are Magical by Tess Whitehurst: REVIEW

Tess Whitehurst has become quite the celebrated author in the New Age world. I mean who hasn’t read her first book Magical Housekeeping, or turned to Magic of Flowers come gardening season? I know I have, and when I heard that Tess was publishing a new book, I knew had to get my hands on it.

You Are Magical takes all of the new agey information out there and brings it back down to the basics……you. It’s a Me, Myself, & Magic book where you come to understand that YOU are the source of magic. It doesn’t always have to be about tarot cards and crystals (although these are both discussed in this book) but we have reached a point in the spiritual communities where WE don’t really seem to matter anymore. It’s become about the latest pretty deck and Mercury Retrograde cycle more than it is about our own role to play in it.

You Are Magical reminds you that your magical power lies within. The book begins with a heartfelt preface that sets the mood for the entire book. Tess describes magic as an inherent feeling, that special something that we all possess, but have been conditioned to forget. The following chapters delve deeper into this, teaching you how to reconnect with that sacred part of yourself. Reconnecting allows you to live a life of wonder and purpose creating an incredible self awareness that empowers you to live life on your own terms.

Each chapter contains assignments to help you develop this self- awareness. Some are as simple as sitting in nature and noticing how it makes you feel, while others are more complex such as pondering why you are drawn to certain objects. The assignments in this book might seem easy at first but these are important first steps that everyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey, should do. This book will help you to take responsibility for your spiritual practice as opposed to partaking in quick fix witchy schemes. You will learn about ego desires versus authentic desires, societal conditioning, and how to personalize your craft. The end of the book contains a series of spells that will put to the test all of your previous assignments in this book. The quality and success of your spell work is largely dependent on the health of your magic-are you disconnected from the universe, or are you anchored in your own power? This book will help you answer those questions and more.

You Are Magical weaves luminous threads of authenticity, inspiration, and self empowerment throughout leaving you with a deeper sense of who you are…and I couldn’t think of anything more magical than that.

The Little Book of Witchcraft by Astrid Carvel: REVIEW

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.

My Favourite Witches

Sally & Gillian Owens- Practical Magic

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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

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Kim Novak played a sophisticated manipulative witch in this film. I absolutely loved her slinky performance.

Cassie Nightingale- Good Witch

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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

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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

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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

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Bette Midler slayed her performance as Winnie in Hocus Pocus.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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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.

Luna Lovegood

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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.

Glinda

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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.

 

New Moon in Libra October 19, 2017: Astrowitchery

Glamour Witch

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.

 

Magio Speculo

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.

 

 

 

Self-Denial: Sally Owens Style

‘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.

Self-Denial

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And as Aunt Jet said in the movie “There’s a little witch in all of us….”

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