“She is the Mother, She laces his vest, she sets his sword, She kisses him goodbye, knowing his fate. But wait!” “She is the Lover, She laces his breast, she sets his flail, She kisses him goodbye, closing the door. There’s more!” “She is the Crone, Old and gray, She watches as he fades away,Read more
“Let the celebration begin!” he exclaimed as he entered the grand ballroom lined with party goers. He had been anticipating this evening from the moment that Yule chimed in the New Year. Though immortal, Mercury was aware of the passage of time in the mortal world. A moment such as this must be noted, heRead more
My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideasRead more
Until this spring, when I went off on the road to promote my book ‘Reflections: Grimoire of a Modern Witch”, I had been facilitating a New Moon Sister Circle here in Dayton, using the tools provided to me by the Unify Global Sisterhood Circle as my reference for teaching and meditation tools. As a facilitator,Read more
Today’s card is the One of Fire (Swords), also known as The Sacred Flame. In the traditional tarot deck, this card would be known as the Ace of Wands and the suit of Swords would represent the Element of Air. However, in the case of the Shapeshifter deck, these elements have been switched; the deck’s creators have used Wands for Air and Swords for Fire. Fire represents the Spirit as the fourth phase of our spiritual journey; it empowers creation, passion, and sexual desire, strength, courage, and power, purging and purity, forging and manipulation, the ‘Aha!’ moment and the changing of one thing into another.
The keywords for this card are Emotion, Energy, and Triumph. In this electrifying scene, our shapeshifter is merging with and ancient oak as she receives a heavenly jolt of lightening. She does so willingly for there is no fear, only the joy of celestial illumination as she sees her destiny and contemplates it with widespread arms. Mistletoe grows entwined with the Osaka, symbolic of regeneration and rebirth. The oak itself represents longevity, but also and more importantly, the entire span of all the lives lived by each human. It is also connected with the Woodland Goddess and the Lord of the Wood.
This initiate is learning how to connect her feminine and masculine sides to bring herself into harmony with Nature and the elements. This ability is a prime prerequisite for working magick. Her feet are merged on both sides with solid stone, the place of primordial Goddess power. The golden spiritual light fusing itself into the ground below her; signifying a firm foundation permeated with illumination. A bull stand beside our initiate, his horns an ancient symbol of the Goddess and the Moon. To the Celts, this bull also signifies strength and potency; it hide was often used during certain divinatory rites. Thus, this bull has its feet in the mists of time and the Otherworld and its body and head in reality. This represents the initiate’s potential to reach across time and space for divinatory answers and spiritual information.
This card tells us that many things are either happening or are about to happen that will require you to make some hard decisions. These decisions will also require you to face some facts, draw boundaries with other people, and do what is best for you. Unfortunately, this may mean that some relationships need to fall away. Take heart for this is a time of great energy as well as victory in some manner of importance to you.
May you find that closing old doors opens a new window for creating your spiritual dreams!
Magical Properties of Candles
Candle Color Representation
South is the direction associated with the Element of Fire and the Spirit. For this reason, it is traditional and appropriate to burn a candle on your altar in the ‘South’ position. By applying appropriate color associations to our candle choice for/during ritual or spell casting, we attempt to link the intent of our desire with the active and creative energies of Fire, thus allowing us perform multi-dimensional magick that brings new energies and events into our lives. Below you will find a handy color chart I found @WiccanCommonScents.com. This should aid you in using a candle that corresponds with your magickal intent:
Black – Burned for positive purposes, this color opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious. Black is used in rituals to induce a deep meditation state and is good for banishing evil or negativity. Connects to self control, quiet power, and resilience, as it absorbs negativity and destroys it; offers strength and support in spells; protects from retribution and is also an aid during loss.
Blue (5th Chakra-Throat) – A cool color that soothes and relaxes. Blue is a primary spiritual color, used in rituals to obtain wisdom, tranquility, harmony, peace, inner light and truth. Connects to inspiration, occult power, protection, understanding, good health, patience and loyalty. Aids in meditation as it connects to intellect and mind. Promotes happiness, laughter and joviality. Used in treating insomnia, high blood pressure, and minor wounds. Blue symbolizes the element of Water.
Brown – An earthy, balanced color, used to attract money and financial success. It aids in emotional stability and balance, eliminates indecisiveness, improves powers of concentration, study, intuition, and telepathy. Also connects also to finding lost objects. Aids in the protection of familiars and household pets as well as animal healing.
Gold – Color that promotes understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; intuition, persuasion, charm and confidence. Beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or financial benefits, or in rituals honoring solar deities.
Green (4th Chakra-Heart) – The color that connects to nature, fertility, and rejuvenation. Stimulates work involving financial issues and money; aids good fortune, prosperity, luck; ambition and success. Bringer of love and renewal, it is an emotional soother and balancer, used to counteract greed and jealousy. A good color for treating headaches, colds and nervousness. Green is the color of the Earth element and is a Goddess Symbol.
Indigo (6th Chakra-Thrid Eye) – A vitalizing color of inertia; used to cleanse the spirit and remove fear. Used in rituals that require a deep meditative state, to neutralize another’s magic, or to counteract negative energy. Healing properties include dementia, depression, and mental disorders.
Magenta – A combination of red and violet that is a very high vibration frequency that tends to work fast. This color energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required, such as quick changes, exorcism or spiritual healing.
Orange (2nd Chakra-Sacrel) – Is a stimulating and energizing color. It connects to attraction, stimulation, control, personal strength, authority, and power. Also encouragement, adaptability, luck, and sudden changes. It attracts the characteristics wanted from other tools, spells and rituals. Very good for healing coughs, colds and asthma as well as arthritis and exhaustion.
Pink/Rose – A positive color symbolic of emotional love, nurturing relationships and romance. Promotes spiritual awakening, healing of the spirit, femininity, friendships, honor and morality. It is the standard color of rituals to draw affections and brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner table. Excellent for treating anxiety and depression, as well as ailments of the heart.
Purple/Violet (7th Chakra-Crown) – Vibrating color that is highly spiritual and traditionally connected to mysticism, inspiration, wisdom, idealism, purification; success, peace; and power. Aids in meditation, sensitivity and higher psychic talents; as well as connecting to idealism, ambition, power, success and household protection. Healing properties include the treatment of allergies, sleep disorders and stress-related disorders.
Red (1st Chakra-Root) – The fiery, invigorating color of energy and life. Always connected to blood, birth and death; and sex. Connects with love, passion, fertility, physical energy and strength. Increases magnetism in rituals and is used in defensive magic. Also emotes courage and enthusiasm. Good in health, strength and vigor spells and defensive magic. Used in healing neuralgias and exhaustion. Red symbolizes the element of Fire as well as being a God Symbol.
Silver/Grey – Neutral color that removes negative energy or influences and encourages stability. Useful when pondering complex issues during meditation and in magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also negates or neutralizes when needed. Helps develop psychic abilities and attracts the influence of the Goddess.
White – A balance of all colors. Symbolizes peace, purity , innocence and power of a higher nature. Promotes peace, tranquility, purification; truth, spirituality, and sincerity. Also used for meditation, truth seeking, spiritual enlightenment, summoning spirit guides, astral travel, and to enhance psychic abilities. Can be as protective as black and may be substituted for any color candle. Healing properties include treating broken bones, relieving dental pain and increasing milk production in nursing mothers. White is also a Goddess symbol.
Yellow (3rd Chakra-Solar Plexus)- A stimulating and uplifting color that is the color of creativity; intelligence, confidence; movement and energy. Connects to clairvoyance, divination, wisdom, learning; imagination, and inspiration as well as the power of concentration and communication. Used in healing skin conditions as well as stomach complaints and menstrual cramps. Yellow symbolizes the element of Air.
Day of the Week Candle Colors:
Sunday – Yellow
Monday – White
Tuesday – Red
Wednesday – Purple
Thursday – Blue
Friday – Green
Saturday – Black
FROM NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION:
THE WEB OF LIFE
by Spider Taino Ti
“I share the Spirit of the Earth with you”
When the Universe was still so dark that not even shadows could be seen in the night, Grandmother Spider sat in her web in the Sky World, waiting and watching. No one knows how old Grandmother Spider is, or how long she sat waiting for the Universal Mind to awaken. But, every Creature Being who has ever lived knows her song and dance as the weaver of the Web of Life.
From her web, Grandmother Spider observed the first thoughts as the Universal Mind awakened from the dream. Seven energy beings floated out from the shining light in the center of the Universal Mind and solidified into bright, shining stars who went out to take their places in the Sky World. Grandmother Spider took a very deep breath and softly began to sing her weaving song while she danced across the Sky. As she spun her thread, Grandmother Spider envisioned the Web of Life. Within moments, she had woven her web connecting the seven stars and creating the Spirit Doorway through which all of the rest of life would enter.
The seven stars reflected the spectrum of all colors within their glow. Dancing with the colored light, shadows came into being as the darkness took form. More thoughts flowed from the Universal Mind, entered through the Doorway of the Seven Stars, and took their places in the Sky World. These became more stars, suns and planets. Then, many other thoughts entered the Universe, each one taking a specific place according to the universal dream of harmony.
Each thought was a spirit essence who dreamed an individual dream for manifesting life. Grandmother Spider spun her web around each new energy being and the Universal Web of Life shimmered in the reflection of Great Mystery’s light.
Singing her song and weaving the Web of Life, Grandmother Spider continued with her work. The Sky World filled with light and life as her creative process unfolded. As the stars, suns and planets prepared to give birth to their children, Grandmother Spider spun her cord even longer, so that all of the newly born could be included in the Web of Life. Grandmother Spider continues to weave the Web of Life throughout every cycle of creation.
All life everywhere in the Universe is connected by the Web of Life. We are not separate beings. We are each a part of the Great Mystery, manifesting as an individual awareness in a separate physical body, but sharing the same energy as all other life. The energy web is anchored within our center and is our connection to the Great Mystery.
Along with Grandmother Spider’s web cord, we carry within our center our dream for living that includes a promise and a purpose. Before we came into the Earthwalk, we chose the gifts and talents that help us create the reality that we envisioned. We also chose the lessons and challenges that motivate our learning and growth.
Our dream for living carries a specific vibration of sound and color that guides our spirit essence in it’s flight from the Universal Mind, through the Sacred Cave, and into the womb of our physical mother. During our Earthwalk, we live our choices and lessons, and develop our talents and gifts, as we meet each situation and challenge of our growth. We must remember our purpose and promise and focus our life in this direction if we are to be happy and fulfilled.
Grandmother Spider weaves the Web of Life around us when our spirit essence enters its physical body inside the womb of our mother. From feet to head, our spirit essence is woven together with our physical body as Grandmother Spider sings her weaving song to us.
When she completes her weaving, Grandmother Spider does not cut the cord, but leaves an energy trail with her weft thread that goes out from our center to connect with the next Creature Being that will enter the Web of Life.
The gift of Grandmother Spider is the personal energy web that we walk with throughout our entire life. This energy web allows our spirit essence to experience our senses, emotional feelings and physical pain and pleasures. This connection also allows our physical body to develop an intuitive perception of Universal Wisdom. Through the web, we can work with energy for creativity and healing. Our personal energy web maintains our connection to the Web of Life and the Great Mystery. This gift of Grandmother Spider insures that we are never alone, for through it we always share the love of All Our Relations.
Our energy web surrounds our physical body, enveloping it with a vibrating energy that is our personal rhythm. Our energy web is connected to our physical body through energy centers that are the communication channels between our physical body and spirit essence. Our mind is the link between body and spirit essence, interpreting and directing the flow of energy back and fourth. Breathing and movement enables our body to direct energy and our thoughts to affect our physical health. To live in comfort, we need to maintain a balance of body, mind and spirit within our personal energy web.
Grandmother Spider is always busy with her work, as the creation of life is happening at every moment. After connecting each Creature Being within her vibrating threads, Grandmother Spider goes on to the next, spinning out a continuous cord in her never ending dance. A Creature Being enters the Earthwalk, then a Plant Person, a Stone Person, a Water Person, a Four-Legged, a Two-Legged, and on and on. For each of these, Grandmother Spider weaves a personal energy web and extends her cord out from this Creature’s center to continue on with the weaving of the Web of Life.
The Web of Life is a beautiful braid that holds the energy of all life together. Grandmother Spider’s dance of spinning and weaving continues indefinitely, as new patterns within the web are being woven every moment when each new life enters the Earthwalk.
At the other end of Grandmother Spider’s tapestry, the web is always unraveling, as every spirit essence travels back through the doorway of the Sacred Cave to the Spirit World when life is complete.
All life shares an equal place within the Web of Life. The gifts and contributions of each and every Creature Being are very important for the survival of MotherEarth. Each Creature Being, in following through with the performance of their specific life task, affects the welfare of all the other Creature Beings in the web. Without the benefit of even one Creature’s work, the Web of Life would lack the energy of wholeness necessary for the circle of life’s cycles to continue on with their rhythm.
© Spider 2000, an excerpt from Grandmother Spider And The Web Of Life
My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideas ranging from Taoism and Buddhism to transcendental meditation and tarot card reading. As I got older, we occasionally attended a Unitarian Universalist church. I was also exposed in limited doses to Catholicism, Judaism, and a cult called The Way. None of these seemed to fit.
As an adult, the idea of Paganism was introduced to me by a friend. I was immediately drawn to it and its focus on Nature and the interconnection between mankind and the Divine. I was also moved by its astonishing honesty and atmosphere of non-judgment, of trust and love. Since 1989, I have never looked back or regretted my decision to place my feet on this path.