Of Equal Worth – Humility

The following entry comes from my previous on-line diary that I thought I would duplicate here …

Within the “Charge of the Goddess” it is written … “Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you ….”
which ties in very nicely with the following posting from Daily Om.

The notion of humility as a virtue brings numerous images to mind. We tend to envision those rare individuals who humbly bear life’s struggles while downplaying their own strengths. Yet humility is also associated with people whose insecurities compel them to judge themselves unfavorably as a matter of course. The true definition of humility, however, does not correspond precisely with either of these images. Humility is not passivity. Rather, it is an utter lack of self-importance. The individuals who embody the concept of humility appreciate that each human being on the planet occupies a unique place on an infinite spectrum of development. Though they can take pride in their own accomplishments, they also understand that the people they interact with each day are as valuable and have as much to offer the world as they themselves do.

To be humble is to accept that while there will always be individuals more and less advanced than yourself, those on all parts of the spectrum of development can provide you with insights that further your personal evolution. Recognizing these insights is a matter of opening yourself to the fact that not only do others think and feel differently than you, but their life experiences have shaped them in a very different way than yours have shaped you. This means that while you may have a greater understanding in some areas, others will always be able to teach you something.

When you cultivate a genuine yearning to know what skills and talents those you encounter have been blessed with, you cannot help but learn humility. You instinctively understand that emotions like envy breed resistance that prevents you from growing, and that being flexible in your interactions with others will help you connect with unexpected mentors.

When you practice humility, you want to become as accomplished and evolved as you can possibly be, yet you are willing to submit to the expertise of others to do so. You understand the scope of your aptitudes yet you choose to eradicate arrogance from your attitude, and you can distinguish the value you possess as an individual while still acting in the interests of your fellow human beings. Humility, simply put, is a form of balance in which you can celebrate your own worth while sincerely believing that every other person on the planet is just as worthy as you.

The Dangers of Magic (GSerpent)

** This article has been reposted from Secrets of the Serpent.

I get criticized from fellow Witches and Wizards that my teaching are dangerous for the muggles.  I usually respond with an eye roll and say, “If they can’t handle, it they will run”.  Lately I have been getting some really hateful feedback that my teachings are dangerous.  They tell me I that I don’t understand what Im messing with.  I know exactly what Im messing with!  Im gonna help change the world.  The orthodoxy of this world is getting ready to fall off a cliff.  People have only used the ego side of their mind for far too long. So long that patriarchy is running on autopilot in the subconscious of most people.  I understand that most want the autopilot life, but for those who want to take control,  Magic is for them.  

I realize Magic is not for everyone.  One has to question why they are pursuing Magic.  The more I study Magic the more I can interact with people and listen to how they have used Magic or failed at Magic.  Magic is uniqued to every person.  There is no right way or wrong way.  Your life and your path are yours.  It is totally unique to you.  Everyone has their own fears, limiting beliefs, upbringing, genetics and trauma.  The path of Magic is different for every single person.  I will say that it is much easier for women an young people who want to learn Magic because they are more in touch with the feminine side of their mind.  Ultimately Magic is about letting go.  Letting go of trying to control every last thing.  Letting go of all your limiting beliefs.  Letting go of how you were raised.  Realizing your parents, teachers or any other authority figure didn’t know jack.  

Life is the pain of a God or Goddess.  Magic will help you see who your are.  All people are not equal.  Sorry.  That was made up by religion and government because they see us as herd animals.  Are all people equally looking for the truth?  Mankind is in such a state that even if you show them the truth or show them they are a God or Goddess, they can’t handle it.  They are not ready.  This world does not want anyone to ever be ready.  Very few are ready to let go of the material.  Its not that the rulers of this world understand Magic either.  Some do, don’t get me wrong, but for the most part they are stuck in just as much ego, greed and materialism as everyone else on this planet.  They just want to be in charge of everyone and most don’t want the responsibility of being in charge of themselves, so the masses happily hand off the controls.  

There is nothing wrong with enjoying what you think is pleasurable, fun or good.  You must engage life to actually live.  Most just want the pleasurable and don’t want the pain that goes along with life.  We are so worried about pain the we try to keep our kids away from pain.  Parents used to tell kids, “Go play” so kids would go play out of sight and do what they wanted.  Then parents said, “Go play, but only under my supervision”.  This is how the term helicopter parents originated.  Parents literally hovered over their kids.  Today parents are bulldozers.  They bulldoze the path for the kids, so their are no ups and downs.  It has gotten to the point that governments are doing whatever they can to keep a recession from happening.  Anything to keep the rich from feeling pain.  The world is about ready to find that you can not stop duality.  Having only good and pleasure with no pain will cause one to stagnate.  Stagnation causes people to get left behind. 

There is only one reason that people start Magic.  They want to know the truth.  It takes people being fed up with the way life is to start Magic.  How do people get fed up?  Pain and discomfort.  Once you get into Magic and understand it, you realize that there must be ups and downs in your life.  Magic will not stop the ups and downs, but it will help you deal with them.  I’m not saying I know what happens after one dies, but I know Nature goes in cycles.  I always look to Nature for my answers.  Everything has cycles in Nature.  You can not stop the cycles.  So why wouldn’t your lives have cycles.  In Magic you understand these cycles.  Magic will not stop the up and down cycles within your life, but it will help you deal with them.  

Magic will make you question your life and values.  Using the subconscious or the sacred feminine will bring truth.  It will show you the software that is running your life.  It will mean the loss of certain people, things and ideas.  Magic can be lonely, but as the world awakens it will get less lonely.  Awakening is a form of Magic.  This is why older people will not accept Magic.  The lies of their life are exposed and could cause dangerous side effects.  Most older people are set in their ways and will not change.  If you try it will be detrimental to you, them or both.  For this reason I leave my parents alone.  They have an open mind for their age.  As open as an old patriarchal mind can be.  But the truth would literally kill them.  

The path of Magic can get dark.   You will have phases of being depressed and doubting yourself.  You may misinterpret what the Goddess is showing you because you are trying to interpret her with the ego.  The mind will still interpret all information, but if both sides are not working together you will misinterpret what the Goddess is saying.  This is why there are so many religions, spiritualities, and self help categories.  All the information is going through a persons human filter and their ego thinks it knows what to do.  Throw out all the spiritual and religious  garbage.  Do you see anything in nature praying, meditating, hurting itself, secluding itself for years, recruiting others, doing sensory deprivation, going to church, going to retreats,  walking on hot ashes, sweating in a tent to cleanse themselves, or any other nonsense.  No!  Nature does not have an ego to filter things through.  Nature just is.  

Magic is a hardcore path.  Gurus will not give you answers they will give you things to do till you find the answers yourself.  Magic takes work and effort.  There is no right way for Magic, but Magic demands you do the work and be truthful to yourself.  How can you expect the truth if you can’t be truthful to yourself?  Magic drove me to the brink of suicide. Eckhart Tolle was on the brink.  It doesn’t mean you will go to the brink.  Not everyone has the same journey.  You must conquer your own ego.  Everyone’s experience will be different.   Once you are reborn you must accept the truth that your life is yours.  You are living your life as a God or Goddess.  You have been told how to live your life your whole life and now you have Magic to help you live your own life.  

Be prepared for all sorts of things to come up.  Depression, inner demons, meaninglessness, thinking you are losing your mind, etc.  Dark moments will come and go with Magic.  Because we have egos you will regress back and forth between clarity and non clarity.  I don’t care what these gurus, priests, monks or other spiritual leaders say, you will never get rid of the the ego.  It just a matter of getting the ego to work for the subconscious instead of the other way around.  You will not win every battle with yourself.  You must take it slow and steady.  Magic will last the rest of your life. There is no hurry to become a great Witch or Wizard.  It is just like everything else.  You can’t jump in and expect to be an expert dancer, musician, athlete or artist.  You must work at it.  Its the same logic with Magic.  Sometimes when you go slower you get there faster than when you try to rush.  The ten thousand hour rule works with Magic too.  

It is hard to not try to make Magic dogmatic.  This is why I get people telling me to leave the muggles out of Magic.  I even had someone tell me I should not teach Magic to the goyim.  Bad things will happen to me for doing it.  That is what’s wrong with this world!  Everything has to be an idealism or set in stone!  I get it.  Our minds want a set of points it can memorize and execute.  But that is not Magic.  Magic is a genuine teaching.  Nothing is set in stone.  Everything I teach you must be held loosely.  Magic is not the truth it is a way to seek the truth and find it for yourself.  Because Magic is such a good system it has been hidden so only the worthy get to use it.  Bullocks!   Everything these magicians see they are looking through the lens of Magic and that in itself is wrong.  Magic is not the only path.  If it resonates with you then great.  But it is not the only way and its not just for certain people.   This is the ego using your awakening in a deceptive way for its own agenda.  The ego wants to be in control and will do anything to stay in control.   Magic can be for anyone who wants to be responsible for themselves.  

Don’t think that because Magic helped you wake up that you need to get away from the life you built and go find others who are awake. Less than 1% of the population in this world is awake.  Of that 1% only a fraction are fully awake.  If you drop the life you built, you will be alone.  Literally.  This is why most Witches and Wizards in stories are living alone in the forest or somewhere secluded.  I started this website to help those who want to wake up and to attract and meet others who are awake.  This world is a lonely place for the ones who have awaken. Understand that there will be peaks and valleys.  Magic will not make them go away.  It helps you not make rash decisions.  

Ultimately Magic will help you speak your own voice.  You will learn to act as yourself.  Which is the hardest thing in the world to do.  Magic may not be the only way, but in my opinion its the best way.  Of course I am bias because it is what I am.  Others need to be challenged in a different way.  Zen masters know this and that is why they give students riddles, chores and activities that have no logical reasoning.  They are trying to get the student to not only give up but think with their  Higher Self mind.  These activities silence all the other voices in our head, so our voice alone can speak.  Doing something over and over again until we stop stop trying or give up makes your rational mind think you have exhausted all angles.  The voices in the head cease to tell you how its done because you already tried it.  That is when the Goddess speaks.  It is how new ideas manifest.  Magic will release the truth that lies inside you.  To this world, that is the most dangerous thing of all.  

Bealtaine in the Southern Hemisphere

Halloween house display in America

If you mention the 31st of October to most people, it is not unusual for them to think of Halloween – the time when children are encouraged to dress up as wytches, ghosts and ghouls to go trick or treating.
This somewhat commercialised custom I felt was more at home in America but as each year passes, it appears to increase its popularity here in Australia as well. In fact, a number of years ago the makers of a particular Irish stout were encouraging their drinkers to celebrate “the dark month“.  If I was living north of the equator, this would have made sense as Halloween is based on the ancient traditions of celebrating the Celtic Festival of the Dead, Samhain, and the approaching winter. Here in Australia, however, the 31st of October actually marks the start of summer, which the ancient Celts referred to as Bealtaine – hardly a “dark month”.

Despite the hemispheric differences, displays of Halloween merchandise, and even the stereotypical “orange” pumpkin (Kratos) to be carved into jack-o-lanterns, have made their way to Adelaide (regardless of the fact that pumpkins are an autumn/winter vegetable).  Many supermarkets have endless displays of lollies in readiness to cash in.

For me, the 31st of October is and will always be Bealtaine (also spelt Beltane), taken from the Gaelic word meaning “Bel-fire”, referring to the sacred purification fires which the Druids lit on hilltops at this time of the year to herald the return of life and fertility to the land. This festival is named after the God of Light, Bel (also known as Beli or Balor).

Celebrating Bealtaine with May Pole dances

One of the popular fertility symbols of Bealtaine, which can still be seen today in various parts of Britain, is the May Pole. People would dance around this phallic symbol, intertwining red (representing the feminine – menstrual blood) and white (the masculine – semen) ribbons. The circular steps of the dancers, coupled with the weaving ribbons, symbolised the spiral of life. However, most today dancers probably are not be aware that they are actually partaking in an ancient fertility ritual, caught up in the joy and fun of it all.

With the essence of Bealtaine being on fertility, couples would jump the fires in order to conceive. Others would jump to ensure that good luck, health and safe journeys for the coming year were bestowed upon them. Cattle were also driven through the ashes, or between two such fires to ensure a good supply of milk, and to banish winter infections, before taking them to the summer pastures.

Fire ban season often prevents the lighting of bel fires in Australia

While it is not always possible to light these sacred fires in Australia because of fire bans, it is possible to form other “fertility” rituals, such as planting flowers, shrubs and trees, to celebrate this height of the growing season. The fertility aspect can also include the fertility of the mind and spirit and therefore, Bealtaine can mark the learning of ideas and ways of self-improvement.

Occultist Aleister Crowley once said that every man and woman is a star. While focusing on the fertility theme of Bealtaine, we can take Crowley’s statement and reflect on our own sexuality – a subject still viewed with much taboo in today’s modern society. How much of our own sexuality is an expression of our own true selves, and how much do we allow to be manipulated and coerced by others? Do we use our own sexuality as a weapon to get what we want, or are we afraid to use it at all?

Coupled with sexuality is our perception of our body image. Do we like our physical bodies or, as if often the case, do we wish them to conform to some almost impossible standard set by media?

Our bodies are our temples, and although we may strive for a higher spiritual goal, we are still connected to the earthy plane. This connection is through our physical bodies, and Bealtaine seems to be the appropriate time to reclaim a happy relationship with our physical form.

Daniel Littlewood states:
When you love yourself – others will love you
Others will respect you
And when you choose
You not only enhance your own life
You send out energies that others,
In a sad place in their lives
Can reach out for,
And bring into their reality.

Traditional Bealtaine Observation

“Oh do not tell the priest of our plight
Or he will call it a sin …
But we’ve been out in the woods all night
a-conjuring Summer in.”

At the end of October, the call of summer can be felt and here at the Temple of the Dark Moon, Bealtaine marks the gateway to summer.

Bealtaine is one of the FOUR Greater Sabbats observed within many earth-centric belief systems that are Celtic in origin and agriculturally based which mark the gateway to the changing seasons, in this case, it is the gateway to Summer.

Bealtaine, in its truest form, is linked to the rise of Pleiades, a constellation also referred to as “the Seven Sisters”, as mentioned in Hesoid’s observations.  Within contemporary wytchcraft, Bealtaine relates to the sacred union of our God and Goddess which is represented by the colours of the ribbons that we dance around the Maypole with.

It is also the time of the fae, the arrival of fresh summer fruits blessed by the Queen of the May, and the warming of weather.  Bealtaine is the time to shake off the winter blues as we prepare ourselves for the coming hot weather through the creation of charms that encapture the power of the increasing sun.

Commencing in the afternoon we will be:
:: Exploring the folklore of Bealtaine
:: Learning about the sacred symbolism of this time of the year.
:: Joining in traditional dances around the maypole.
:: Making a personal charm to capture the power of the increasing sun.
:: Sharing in a delightful feast that has been blessed by the Queen of the Summer.

All attendees will also go into the draw to win a special Bealtaine gift.

If you are interested in attending our Traditional Bealtaine Observation, then you will need to book through Eventbrite as there are limited places available.

Embracing the Ebbing and Flowing for an Exciting New Direction

Life is all about ebbing and flowing, and this year has been no exception. As the calendar year enters its twilight months, reflection has been given as to what direction the Temple of the Dark Moon will be heading in for the new year.

Already there will be a number of exciting changes ready to be brought into manifestation when the new training year commences around Lughnasadh (end of January) 2020.

Gathering Around the Cauldron is proposed to continue as an open entry however on a more regular monthly basis. This way it will be utilised not only as a means of offering basic ritual and magickal training, but also a gateway to closed or special events and advanced training in the magickal arts.

Free registration for Gathering Around the Cauldron circles through Eventbrite with the attendance cost payable on the night will also continue. This way notifications of relevant themes and what the upcoming circles will consist off are able be provided through Eventbrite’s email message system.

If you are interested in attending a closed or special event, then the requirement is that you will have to have had either completed a previous training course offered by the Temple or attended at least THREE Gathering Around the Cauldron circles to ensure that you have a basic understanding of how the Temple of the Dark Moon conducts its workings. The rituals and magickal workings organised by the Temple are not for bystanders – all attendees will be expected to have a basic degree of understanding and experience when it comes to ritual work and how to conduct themselves within circle.

More about the continuing ebb and flow of the direction which the Temple of the Dark Moon will be taking over the coming months into the future will be made available on the web site.

Five Reasons to Not join a coven (or magickal group) (Courtney Weber)

The following link is to the above article by Courtney Weber.  Whilst the five points raised are indeed not new (similar articles have appeared over the years), I thought I would share this article as a timely reminder for the novice seeker/neophyte as to what a coven or magickal group is not be considered a substitute for.  While I do necessarily agree with all points raised, or indeed the manner or even the style in which they are raised, I do agree with the overall points made.

A coven/magickal group is not:
:: A “replacement family” for your physical family – although the bond within a close knit working group can almost replicate this.
:: A support group – if anything, the Craft (as well as most other magickal groups) focus on taking self responsibility.
:: A replacement for therapy – in many instances this point follows on from the previous one with the focus however being directed more at those who are already seeking professional assistance.
:: A place to get laid – whilst intimate partnerships may occur between members in some groups, this should not be your prime objective for joining a group.
:: A place to validate yourself – if you need external validation all the time, maybe what you actually need is to address your own areas of self worth and self esteem through gaining professional assistance.

I would also add to Weber’s list that a coven or magickal group is not a place to join simply because your friends are and you are suffering a degree of “FOMO” (fear of missing out).  Likewise if you are not prepared to pull your weight.  There is a lot of preparation that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to coven work (usually by the High Priestess/leader).  Stepping up and offering assistance moves you from being a spectator to gaining more about what  happen behind the scenes, as well as assisting your own knowledge and experience in the work to hand … and after all, is this not why you have joined ….to gain experience and to learn?

Spring Equinox: The Time of Balancing

A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light.
And closed them beneath the kisses of Night.

And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

The Sensitive Plant by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

As the sun moves into the sign of Libra, it gathers in strength and makes its way across the equator to warm the southern part of the earth.  Nature echoes the increasing warmth as blossoms burst forth and new growth makes its presence felt.  As the sun’s strength increases, so do the visible signs of activity upon the earth’s surface.  It is as if, were you to close your eyes for a moment, you would miss the experience of another aspect of creation being reborn all over again.

In areas where the ground was still too cold to plant seeds at Imbolc, or the weather too uncertain, by the Spring Equinox (taking place on 22 September this year), both the soil and weather offer a perfect environment for seed planting.

The hours of darkness and light are equal now.  Life appears with great vigour and abundance.  There is an urgency in the air, as if life were both trying to make up for the months of delay during winter, and getting all the plants fully established before the heat of summer arrives.  Here in South Australia, we can experience extremes in climate with both cold winters on the one hand and stifling hot summers on the other. These Summers can arrive as early as October and last until the end of March – there can be some six months of baking the ground.

Echoing what is occurring in nature around him, the young God increases not only his strength but also his knowledge of the role he plays within the sacred Wheel of Life.  He realises his potential, his masculine power and he ventures out into the world, ready to establish his rule and prove his manhood.  He is now mastering his own Mysteries, that of the Divine Masculine.  His rough-and-tumble childhood games serve little purpose as he matures into the Hunter/Warrior.  Eager to impress, to make a statement and to announce his arrival, he bounds forth with great exertion – that is until he is distracted by the sight of his beloved Goddess.

Under his nose she has blossomed into a creature of exquisite beauty, shyly toying with him to gain his attention.  However, she is not as naïve as she may first appear to be.  She too has been schooled in the Mysteries and knows only too well the cycle of life and the roles that she and her beloved God will play within them.

The Goddess is ready to fulfil her role, to become pregnant in order for life to continue, while the God is holding the potent seed of life itself.  The pace quickens. Their eyes meet like in a classic Hollywood romantic movie and the game commences.  Both are aware of their own sexuality and their role within the Wheel of Creation.

Source: Dancing the Sacred Wheel by Frances Billinghurst

Florida Water: Perfumed History (Gwyn)

Florida Water
Florida Water is a 20th Century invention. Image by Hannah Karina via Flickr.com

Florida Water is a popular item from the 19th century still used in modern witchcraft. But what is the history of this magickal item? Who invented it? Why do people use Florida Water and for what purpose? Sometimes, we will use a product because it’s popular to do so without knowing its history, Therefore, I thought I’d take a look at the origins and uses of Florida Water.

Florida Water is a Cologne

Believe it or not, Florida Water got its start as an American answer to Europe’s popular Eau du Cologne in 1808. Florida Water offered a fresh citrus-spice scent, lighter than standard perfume. Considered unisex, the cologne appealed to both men and women of the Victorian era and could be purchased in pharmacies and general stores. A young lady could carry the scent in a sachet on her person. People used the cologne to freshen their sheets, among other things.

Manufactured in New York by Lanman & Kemp Barclay, a company now known as Murray & Lanman, the cologne got its name from Florida’s reputed “Fountain of Youth.” Over time, it became known as a healing tonic, which when applied could reportedly soothe headaches and cool fevers. The company touted it as “The Richest of all Perfumes.” They still craft and sell their cologne to this day, using the original recipe created 211 years ago by Robert I. Murray.

No explanation could be found for how the cologne became perceived as beneficial for health. Perhaps the name of the cologne inspired the belief. However, many of the botanical extracts in the decoction have been used for such reasons for thousands of years. So, it’s unsurprising to me that people would discover the cologne had properties which could support the body. In addition, Florida Water became a popular way to clean the home and freshen the air of a room.

Florida Water
Florida Water provided a fresh scent for body and home. Image by DarkWorkX vis pixabay.com

Where Is the Magickal Connection?

The question remains, however, when did magickal practitioners begin to use Florida Water in their workings? Unfortunately, that part of the history is murky. Hoodoo, Santeria, and Wicca have included the cologne in their practices, along with many other magickal practitioners in this country and others, over the years.

When did the transition to include the cologne in esoteric practices occur? Unknown. But there is longstanding tradition for the magickal properties of Florida Water. So, one must conclude shared experience to have been intrinsic in the expansion from simply practical to magickal.

Regardless, this fresh scented cologne is useful for such workings as cleansing and protection. One source states Florida Water is a drawing agent for luck, love, money, etc. Not surprisingly, there is no actual “water” in the traditional preparation and while it is inexpensive to purchase there are many recipes available in books and online for making your own.

Florida Water
Making your own Florida Water is easy. Image by xbqs42 via pixabay.com

Gwyn’s Florida Water Recipe

All of the herbs listed in this recipe are dried. Buy organic when you can. Grow and dry what you are able, if you wish.

1 part orange peel
1 part bergamot
1 part lavender
1 part sage
1 part rose petals
1 part lemongrass
1/2 part bitter orange peel
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
80 proof Vodka

Place all the herbs in a clean quart glass jar until 3/4 full. Pour vodka over top of the herbs until covered (there should be 1/4 to 1/2 line of vodka above the herbs). Place lid on jar and give a gentle, rolling mix. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks. Check every few days to give a turn and see if the vodka needs to be topped off again (you want to be certain the herbs remain fully covered). After 4 weeks, open jar and strain plant material through a wire mesh into another clean glass receptacle. Store in cool dry place. Use as needed.

Florida Water
So what can you do with Florida Water? Image by Angelo Rosa via pixabay.com

What can you do with Florida Water?

You can purchase the original cologne from the creating company. Wear it as a light perfume or aftershave. Add some to the washing machine to freshen the laundry. Put some in the solution you use to wash the floors of your home. There are online sources from which you can purchase Florida Water, offering their own formulations, including our friends at Artes and CraftBig Liz Conjure, and Box of Reign.

As mentioned, you can make your own version. Experiment. Do some research and give it a try. And remember, while you may be inclined to use water in your recipe (since it’s in the name), Florida Water is a cologne. Using vodka or some other clear alchohol will provide you with a longer shelf life.

Here are suggestions for magickal use:

Spritz it to purify a space before ritual.
Add it to bath water for spiritual cleansing before magical working or ritual.
Wipe down your altar and/or tools with a cloth after spritzing it with Florida Water.
Wash your floors (and walls) with it to remove negativity from the home.
Pour some in a bowl as an offering to ancestors and/or house spirits.
Use it as a substitute for holy water.
Use it to bless a new home.
Anoint your head with Florida Water for added protection.
Wash your hands with it after dealing with negative people.
Use it in a spell to attract something you desire into your life.
Anoint your head, neck, heart, and feet when feeling unbalanced.

*Take care to keep out of reach of children or pets.*

Source: Florida Water: Perfumed History. Magickal Uses

September Full Moon (Astrology King)

The full moon on Saturday 14 September 2019 at 21° Pisces joins Neptune. This full moon brings a test of faith because of Jupiter square Neptune dissapointments. Mars joins this aspect to form a T-square that increases the risk of deception and confusion because of moodiness, anger and impulsive acitons.

The September full moon is also in Constellation Phoenix. The strongest aspect to the full moon is a supportive one to Pluto so this is definitely a full moon for positive transformation and rebirth.

Sun opposite Moon brings your home, family and intimate relationships into sharper focus for the following two weeks of this moon phase. Opposing forces such as work versus home, or what you need versus what you want, create inner tension and external pressures. This can lead to conflict and crises that drain your energy.

The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. So use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.

The September full moon activates Jupiter square Neptune, the major long term challenging aspect of 2019. It is strengthening towards the last of its three exact aspects this year on 21 September. Given this final square occurs within this two-week moon phase, its effects will be particularly strong.

Jupiter square Neptune brings gullibility, suspicion, and deception that can lead to embarrassment or disappointment. And the T-square with Mars brings moodiness, anger and impulsive actions that increase the risk of delusion and scandal.

With the full moon conjunct Neptune, the emphasis of the full moon September astrology will be on confusion and deception. But Neptune also rules hopes, dreams, and spirituality, and the strongest aspect to the full moon gives great potential here. The powerful influence of Pluto makes this a full moon for positive transformations and rebirth through intense personal interaction and the purging of emotional baggage and destructive behaviours.

A full moon has a relationship to the previous new moon. The new moon on 30 August helped you get in touch with your most passionate desires and share them. It was excellent for starting something new or reenergizing something, especially of a romantic nature.

On Thursday, 12 September the Temple of the Dark Moon will be holding a full moon rite as part of the Gathering Around the Cauldron.

Source:
Adapted from AstrologyKing

The Most Powerful Spell (Phoenix LeFae)

Be mindful of what you think because your thoughts become your words. Be mindful of what you say because your words become your actions. Words have power, we Witches and Pagans know that. So I want to share with you the most powerful spell that I have learned. It is simple, but kicks quite a punch. This spells contains just one word. The spell is: No.

Take a moment to practice that one, it can be tricky. Go on, I’ll wait…..no.

How was that? Try it again, let the letters roll around on your tongue. What does it feel like to say that magick word? Is this an easy spell for you or do you find yourself struggling to get it out?

Yes, this post is totally about my stuff, but I’m not alone in my challenge to not do all the things. I love teaching and ritual. I thoroughly enjoy all of my side projects. My work is fulfilling. It is lovely to be invited to go out to an event. Of course, I want to say yes to all that is asked of me. FOMO (fear of missing out) is totally a thing. And it’s so easy to just say yes to all the opportunities that cross my path. It feels good to say yes.

But it’s not healthy.

We might feel called to help out a loved one. You might find yourself giving more than you’re getting. You could even discover that you keep saying yes, when you really want to say no. Perhaps you keep saying yes because you are worried if you say no the opportunities will stop? Saying no can be really hard. It’s a word that holds a lot of power and that power can be a little intimidating, especially if we don’t have practice with it.

You don’t want to disappoint anyone. You don’t want to come across as selfish. Maybe you really really want to do it, but it conflicts with a prior commitment. All of these things are and have been true for me. No can feel like you are burning a bridge or shutting a door forever, but the good news is that’s just not true.

Discernment is our most powerful tool. Combine that tool with the power of the spell of no and you become and unstoppable force!

Saying no is about self care. This is a spell of putting your needs first. When you use this simple magickal spell you empower yourself and take control. I’ve been working on this practice for years. I’m far from perfect, but I’m getting better at it every day.

via The Most Powerful Spell | Phoenix LeFae