Growing a Moon Garden

Whether you’re a witch, pagan, mystic, selenophile, or horticulturist, everyone should grow a moon garden. Moon gardens are gardens that bloom at night, where they cast a silvery glow in the darkness and release a fragrant aroma in your garden.

You can plant them in the shape of a crescent moon or circular like the full moon so as to mimic the luminary in the sky. You could also plant a few different gardens in the shape of the entire moon phase…….as above so below.

To enjoy these plants during the day, it’s best to plant some silver or white flowers throughout your garden as well, which will create a lunar effect during the day. Your moon flowers can be used for talismans, teas, baths, and incense.

Here are some common night blooming plants:

Moonflower

Evening Primrose

Night Phlox

Evening Stock

Angels Trumpet

Night Gladiolus

Lunar Herbs:

Dusty Millers

Silver Thyme

Lamb’s Ears

Mugwort

Silver Sage

 

 

 

 

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson- REVIEW

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.

Fir Tree Transit & Personality- July 5-14 & Jan 2-11

A Fir Tree is a tree of mysticism and people born under the protection of this tree are surrounded by art, mysticism, and music. Women like to wear jewellery, and men are attracted to antiques. You have stable health and can expect to live a long life. The danger is that you could become an egoist that appreciates your belongings as opposed to people. It is important for you to have children and live a family life. Aware of your weaknesses, you try to transform them into virtues. Very intelligent, completely conscientious and very persistent you can overtake any obstacle. You have strong willpower and you are very patient. If you turn towards opening up your heart you can appreciate your partner more. There is a strong urge to be very self-sacrificing, however in order to overcome this, you must honour your individuality and stand tall and proud like the Fir Tree. These are the ultimate Tree Witches.

This is the transit of the homebody. Spending more time at home with your loved ones while delving deep into spiritual studies is favourable. Just be careful you don’t get too carried away with all of your spiritual information, as you can idealize your reality making it nearly impossible to function in the real world once this transit is over. This transit is also a very inspiring time, as Fir Tree Cones are raised up like candles- indicating that you need to reach up to the starry skies for enlightenment. Caterpillars eat Fir Trees, so any insight gained now aids a transformation later on, most likely during the January transit of this tree. As the common Christmas tree- Firs are a celebration of light and awakening- if you were born during this transit, you will undergo many spiritual transformations in your lifetime. Christians viewed the Fir Tree as the Tree of Life, gifting everyone with life force. During these few days your energies will increase. The solid and straight trunk of the tree is a constant reminder to be your own unique self, as the path that is illuminated, is the path for you.

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Summer Soulstice 2017

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.

 

Birch Tree June 21- Personality & Transit

If you were born on the longest day of the year  (Summer Solstice) you are beautiful, elegant, and refined. You are energetic and your optimism is contagious. Friendly, you are good natured and charming. You could be a writer or a leader because you are not afraid of big projects. You could do a lot for the benefit of others and be involved in some type of charity work. Your good looks, creativity and charisma open the door for other endevors. You are not oblivious to your life lessons and your memory is great. In love you follow both your intuition and intelligence, and work to have a passionate relationship. You have the quality of a Divine trailblazer but you also appreciate your family and home. Often times, Birch Tree people discover their life purpose early on in life.

During the Birch Tree transit, tempers can come and go in a flash. You can commit to too many projects at once during this time. Opportunities can also present themselves at this time, so it’s important to be flexible. The Summer Solstice marks a time for new beginnings, so expect a lot to transpire over these next 3 months. The word ‘Birch’ came from the Sanskrit word Bhurga- meaning tree whose bark is used for writing upon. This is an excellent time for writing, poetry, fiction etc… Birch is used in many pagan celebrations and rituals- Imbolc- white bark is used to symbolise the return of light along with candles. Beltane- maypole was made of Birch bark. The dark and white colours of the tree indicates rebirth and new beginnings. The notchings in the tree look like eyes- so ESP will be heightened during this transit.  Overall a very busy, psychic, and communicative time!

Ruling Planet- Venus

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Social Media- The New Witch’s Familiar

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.

The Witch’s Broom #octoberoracle

Some of us have cars, some of us rely on public transportation, and there are some of us who turn to our broom closets. Broomsticks have a very fascinating history. Brooms were used to sweep away negative energies, and would be hung up with bristles facing upwards to ward off evil spirits.

Brooms are also able to balance the divine energy, as the broom handle is a phallic symbol (masculine), and the bristles (feminine). Brooms were also handy hiding places for wands and other magical trinkets that witches kept.

Wouldn’t it be fun to fly away into the night sky on Halloween?