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.

 

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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.

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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

The ‘Practical Magic Love Curse’: It’s Real

We are all familiar with Practical Magic. Whether you read the book by Alice Hoffman, or are a fan of the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this is a classic witchy story.  I have many astrological indicators of never being in love and still to this day have not experienced it. This is what it feels like, albeit not as glamorous as the movie depicts.

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The story of Practical Magic follows the Owens clan who can never fall in love, because once they do, their lovers suffer an untimely death.  Constantly toiling with fate vs love, the Owens sisters find themselves constantly at odds with this perilous curse. Do they risk never falling in love, or do they risk everything for love?

Venus Retrograde

I personally believe that when someone has Venus Retrograde in their natal chart, this is an indicator of a “love curse.” Venus Retrograde in the natal chart makes it extremely difficult to fall in love because the soul is learning how to create its own value system. Those with this placement are learning how to have a deep relationship with source and themselves before they can experience true love. It’s an empty feeling, a void, feelings of being unlovable are common.

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As someone with this placement, I have struggled with this. Twenty percent of people who have Venus RX have never been in a romantic relationship, and I am certaintly one of those twenty percent. When Venus is retrograde it is closest to Earth, so Venusian energies are very strong, but they have trouble expressing their energies. I’m in love with the idea of being in love, but I have yet to meet a person who I trust deeply enough to be in a relationship with. I also don’t make myself available for opportunities to meet anyone. This reminds me in the part of the movie when a young Sally Owens casts a love spell to protect herself. She casts a spell asking for her ideal lover to possess very specific qualities that are so obscure- she will never find him. I believe this is what I am doing unconsciously. I have cast a love spell on myself to never fall in love- out of fear of being hurt ( a big Venus RX issue).  Self protection is essentially love’s curse.

 

I worry that if I ever do fall in love my idealism will cloud my judgement and unintentionally lead the other person on. This is the part of the story when Sally tells the sheriff Gary Hallett that he is the victim of her love spell. They don’t really care about each other, because it’s not true love.

 

I think the best way to break Venus Retrogrades curse is to let go of the notion that you will never fall in love. You will only fall in love when you believe you are deserving of love. The deeper relationship you have with yourself, the less idealistic you will be about relationships. As Sally Owens said “love only works if you believe in in with your heart.”

 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: REVIEW

The Rules of Magic revisits the Owens clan- not Sally and Gillian this time, rather the eccentric aunts- Fran & Jet. The story follows the aunts and their brother Vincent as teenagers who discover their magical lineage and all the perilous adventures they have as a result. The 1960s backdrop of the novel creates a kaleidoscope of magic that twists and turns as the story unfolds. It’s less hippy star-child, and more awakened thrill seeking. Growing up in a strict household, when Franny turns 17, she receives an invitation to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt in Massachusetts (in that glorious white house we remember from Practical Magic). The three head off and are initiated into magic-by making black soap at the full moon, collecting herbs for their neighbours woes, and scrying a black mirror that shows the future. Once again the home served as a sanctuary and respite from the children’s overbearing mother who forbade magic and falling in love. One day, their spunky cousin April comes for a visit who tells them all about their ancestor- Maria Owens- who was responsible for the Owens “love curse.” As we saw with Practical Magic the Owens tend to play a dangerous game of love vs fate. Franny is cautious, Jet is passionate, and Vincent is reckless. The story takes us from their magical awakening in Massachusetts, to their adult life running an Apothecary in NYC, and to their first meeting with Sally and Gillian. Along the way we find ourselves becoming entangled in their love affairs, grieving at funerals, and soothsaying what appears to be their fated futures. It’s hard not to become emotionally involved with these characters whose innocence, determination, and risk taking, tugs at your heart strings- at times making you cry and smile.

Readers and fans of the Owens story know, that death is a frequent visitor for the Owens and The Rules of Magic are no exception. Tempting fate and risking love are the common themes throughout this story- but we see so clearly how it is loss, heartbreak, and destiny that weaves the most powerful spell of all. Alice Hoffman’s most successful achievement with both Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic is that she makes us realize that magic is not about waving a wand or dancing naked under the full moon (partially clothed will suffice), rather magic is an inherent gift we each possess- we either live our lives defeated-surrendering complete control to kismet, or we actively co-create our realities through adding a heavy dose of love to everything that comes our way. Magic is what you make of it, and as we have learned from the Owens the only rule of magic, is that magic is boundless- we create our own rules through the choices we make. A pinch of salt, some lavender, and a black cat doesn’t hurt either.

Prepare to become spellbound when this grimoire of a book becomes available for purchase October 10, 2017.

Hazelnut Tree Transit: September 24-October 3

Planet- Mercury

Element- Air

This transit is about writing and divination. An ideal time to work on any writing or Mercurial projects as well as bringing out an old Tarot deck you haven’t used in a while. The cracking of the hazelnut shell is symbolic of wisdom- or finding the answers you seek through a mix of practical and spiritual means. Since the nut shell is reminiscent of the womb, inspiration gained now will develop into concrete results with the help of magical forces behind you. The Hazelnut Tree has very pliable branches suggesting we must always be flexible in our learning if we ever expect to “learn” anything. There is great knowledge within you at this time, which is your fruit to offer the world. Communicate your ideas and watch the magic unfold. This is the transit for the apprentice witch.

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