Colors and Candle Correspondences

Red - Energy, strength, passion, courage, element of Fire, career goals, fast action, lust, Blood of the Moon, vibrancy, driving force, love, survival

Orange - business goals, property deals, ambition, career goals, general success, justice, legal matters, selling, action

Copper - passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers

Gold - wealth, The God, promote winning, safety and power of the Male, happiness, playful humor

Yellow - the Sun, intelligence, accelerated learning, memory, logical imagination, breaking mental blocks, selling yourself

Pink - romantic love, planetary good will, healing of emotions, peace, affection, romance, partnerships of emotional maturity, caring, nurturing

Green - Earth Mother, physical healing, monetary success, abundance, fertility, tree and plant magick, growth, element of Earth, personal goals

Blue - good fortune, opening blocked communication, wisdom, protection, spiritual inspiration, calm, reassurance, gently moving, element of Water, creativity

Purple - influencing people in high places, third eye, psychic ability, spiritual power, self assurance, hidden knowledge

Silver - telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, psychometry, intuition, dreams, astral energies, Female power, communication, The Goddess

Brown - influence friendships, special favors

Black - protection, repelling negativity, binding, shapeshifting

White - spirituality, The Goddess, peace, higher self, purity, virginity (as in the woman's mind is owned by no man), a substitute for any other color






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Candles by ~drummer-chik

The Practical Laws of the Craft

  1. Never practice a magical application or system that you don't fully understand. 
  2. Do not seek a price on magickal work. 
  3. Never use your magickal skills to show off. 
  4. Magickal bindings may be foolish - learn to banish negativity instead. 
  5. Know that thoughts are things, and what you create in thought may manifest in reality. 
  6. Never lie to yourself, for this is the epitome of deceit. 
  7. Injuries, accidents, sickness, or poverty often manifest as a result of low self-esteem or negative programming, not bad mo-jo. 
  8. A witch's power grows in direct relation to her or his level of wisdom. 
  9. You should in no way use your personal power or honed abilities for malefic purposes. 
  10. Always do the best that you can. 
  11. As long as you are acting in accordance with a positive belief system, don't worry about what others think of you. 
  12. Don't lend your Book of Shadows to anyone. 
  13. Property owned by Crafters should be guarded both mundanely and spiritually by the witch. 
  14. Do nothing that will endanger anyone in the Craft. 
  15. Magick represents the greatest gift given to us by the Spirit. 
  16. Do not sleep with your students. 
  17. Witches may teach others about the Craft if the place is safe, the teacher is knowledgeable, the student is willing, and the information taught is available publicly or is not secret to the organization to which she or he belongs.
Now I copied these down cause I considered them to be very good guidelines, there is many that I follow but some that I bend. Such as I do lend my Book of Shadows to close friends, we would actually swap books to check out what we could learn from each other. But others are important, such as you shouldn't be with a teacher that wants to sleep with you. Use them as a guideline for your own rules. 






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Witch Craft by *artofnoart

Hydration, are you drinking enough water?

If you follow my Twitter or Facebook you have probably seen me saying my feet are swollen. I figured out the other day that I actually haven't been drinking as much water as I should be. I then found out even when I thought I was drinking enough I was way off. I actually downloaded one of those track your water apps, and I'm pleased to say that my feet are pretty much back to normal and I've not been having a certain bathroom issue. Although I've been needing to pee quite often now.

According to my app I was suppose to drink almost 4L of water a day just for the fact that I am lactating. I reminded hearing that your water consumption should also be based on your weight. So off to Google I went searching for a water calculator. I found one and I need to add almost 2L to what I thought I should be drinking.

Right now since I was having the ... ahem, runs, and I'm nursing, and cause of my body weight I need to drink 5.7L of water a day. Once I am done with my bathroom issue, then I can drop that down to 5.5L a day. I'm willing to do it, since I'm happy to have my feet at a normal size, and drinking enough water and can also make sure you don't over eat, help with keeping my breast milk supply, and might help me lose some weight.






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water by ~edips

The Spiritual Laws of Witchcraft

  1. Witches know that no truths are absolute. 
  2. Witches understand that the universe consists of perfect balance; therefore, everything has an opposite (not necessarily equated to a negative.)
  3. Witches realize that for every action there is a reaction. 
  4. Witches know that we are all one. 
  5. The witches understand that the ultimate act of spirituality is the act of positive creation through love. 
  6. Witches realize that the energy created through worship and ritual manifests as a circular stream of positive energy. 
  7. A witch should never close his or her mind to knowledge, because it is through the continuous process of learning that we raise our personal vibrations. 
  8. A witch uses the magick circle as a physical/non-physical representation of a church or temple on the earth plane. 
  9. Witches use the energies around them to assist in raising power. 
  10. Witches use common sense and do not share their mysteries with fools. 
  11. Witches do not point out the identity of other witches to the general public.






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pentacle by ~princessserenety

Borders is closing ....

And I could care less. I'm sorry but I am totally a Barnes & Noble girl. I did go over to Borders on Sunday for the big blowout savings, and was sorely disappointed. The "savings" for their everything must go sale is the same discount I get at Barnes & Noble for being a member. Not just that but a lot of the "savings" were a regular discount for non-members at Barnes & Noble. I did wind up buying 2 blurays for the hubby to realize the next day that yet again I was misled by their "savings" and spent the same amount I would've at Barnes & Noble.

The only thing I do slightly care about is that we have lost another brick and mortar store. I'm a paper reader, not an e-reader. I prefer books to e-books.

The last email I did receive was a little more honest about the savings it said 20-40% off, instead of the everything must go up to 40% off (see the misleading sizes?) email I first received.






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Incenses


Here is my collection of incense properties, that I have collected over the years of my practicing.

Balance: jasmine, orange, rose

Creativity: honeysuckle, lilac, lotus, rose, vervain, wild cherry, savory

Inspiration, Wisdom: cinquefoil, acacia, clove, cypress, fir, hazel, laurel, lily of the valley, oak moss, reed, rosemary, rowan, rue

Meditation: acacia, angelica, bay, cinnamon, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, nutmeg, wisteria

Psychic Center, Opening: nutmeg, mimosa, wisteria, lotus, mugwort

Reincarnation: lilac, sandalwood

Visions: bay laurel, frankincense, lotus, acacia, dittany of Crete, marigold, mugwort, wormwood







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Incense by *Cute-And-Bright

Inspirational Quotes 7/27

My weekly stealing from Being Alison








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Inspirational Quotes 7/19

So I'm "stealing" this idea from Alison over at Being Alison and I hope she doesn't mind, I did leave her comment saying I was going to though  =)









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Looking on the Bright Side

The Bright Side of Life by http://marinshe.deviantart.com/
In a tough situation the old adage people give is to look on the bright side of things. Usually Christians say they draw on their faith to look on the bright side, and well I as a Pagan also draw on my faith.

I have faith in my Goddess. I believe that everything she does is for a reason. I believe that everything I go through is for a reason. I truly believe I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't gone through my exact life.

So when I find myself in a situation where I can't see my way out (kind of like now) I look to why I'm here, what happened to get me here and what lesson is the Goddess trying to teach me.

Like now, I'm in this situation cause I had kids. I'm having money troubles cause I was totally unprepared to get fired while I was pregnant with AJ, nor did I expect to not be able to get and keep a job while being a single mommy. Then I wasn't quite ready to get pregnant again when I did with Ariel. Would I change a damned thing? NO! I love my kids. I never regret having them. I wouldn't even change anything about it, since to change the father or the time or anything means I would not have the AJ I have now. Ditto with Ariel.

Not to mention without AJ I would never had met Hubby. And without Ariel I wouldn't have fought so hard to keep us together. I would have probably let go cause it was too much work, now I relish the work. I love that at my worst he still tries to jump me and tells me I'm beautiful that is love.

All of this in my mind was planned by the Goddess. She decided that situation A plus crisis B equaled result C. Or something like that.



For I Follow the Goddess Bast

Bast at work by swimmingrat.deviantart.com
We're all a bunch of cat women.

I posted in Past Lives that I remember being a redheaded priestess of the Goddess Bast. I don't remember much but I do remember having red curly hair and looking out over the Nile and hearing someone call for the priestess of Bast. 

I remember that cats followed me. 

They still follow me now. I have had quite a few cats in my 27 years in this life. I would have had more if it were up to me, less if it was up to my mom. I always tell how I asked my mom for a cat, she got me a parakeet. I asked for a cat again, and received a Rottweiler, go figure that one out. I asked again and finally received my sweet Willie cat. He came when you whistled! He took to the dog training better than my Hercules the evil stupid dog (literally the dog walked into WALLS repeatedly!) Sadly though once I got the cat, she kicked him outside. He sprayed her closet, big deal, well not for me since it wasn't my closet. Anyway Willie was great, he came when you whistled, he listened to direction, he followed me when I did ritual outside, he even survived being hit by a car (he just had gross dead tail afterward). But I digress .... 

Bast

The lioness headed Goddess of Egypt, although now depicted with the head of a house cat. She is a protectress. She is a mother. She is often found depicted as pregnant or with a brood of cats following her. She can also be found with a lioness mask, to hint at her ferocity.
But in all honesty what house cat doesn't have a hint of ferocity behind it's calm demeanor?

She is most recently given a nod in the TV series The Nine Lives of Chloe King, where she is the creator of the Mai, the Desert Hunters. Basically supercharged demi-gods with feline powers. (I'll admit I'm addicted, I watch the shows and buy them on iTunes.) It's also a book series which I hope to read.

She was given a good nod, albeit not a well noticed one, in the movie Catwoman. Yes it's one of my guilty pleasure movies. It was not well received in theaters but I think most were expecting the origin of the supervillian Catwoman, not a woman that was cat like. In the movie a cat supposedly sacred to Bast decides that Patience Phillips needs to keep living after being killed. The cat breathes life back into her, but the life of a cat, not the shy graphic artist. She at first is playful like a house cat as she comes into her abilities, then she uses them to help take down her former job that was responsible for her death. I felt that the movie needed more history into the cat and Bast, but that's just me. 

I used to be quite the cat like myself, lithe and flexible. Just you know without the super powers. And I completely attribute that to my time as a priestess of Bast. Now if she would just help me get back to that. Also maybe to be more Mai like, with the super powers and all. Maybe. Possibly.  =)





Herbalism 101

Herbs by arcadianspaceship.deviantart.com
Through the years I have learned from various sources about Herbalism. I have taken courses on Witch School, reading books, and just from others. Here is my list, I will add as I find all my papers and eventually makes a page of references or correspondences.


Ash - A sacred tree to the Druids, they often made wands with ash and carved with decorations. Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. You can put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.

Basil - You burn basil to exorcise negativity from the home. For a thorough cleansing and protection of yourself and your home, also sprinkle a little basil in each corner of each room and add some to your bathwater.

Briar - (also known as Wild Rose, Briar Rose, Sweet Briar, Hip Fruit and you may substitute regular scented roses) Can be used for clairvoyant dreams and to strengthen love spells.

*For clairvoyant dreams steep two teaspoons fresh or dried rose petals in one cup of boiling water, cover and let stand five minutes. Drink at bedtime.* 

Cloves - Eases toothaches, calms stomach, relieves gas, clears the head, banishes hostile and negative forces, use for gain 

Eyebright - Enhances mental and psychic powers, enables one to see the truth in a situation

Hazel - A sacred Druid tree. Wands made from this wood symbolize white magic and healing. You can use forked sticks to find water or buried treasure. If outside and in need of magical protection quickly, draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant faeries string hazel nuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.

Holly - (the US variety is llex opaca) A sacred tree to the Druids. Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it was used for decorating. Planted near a house holly repels negative spells sent against you. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.

Laurel - (also known as Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay) It's leaves were burned by the priestesses of the Triple Goddess to induce psychic visions. Placing the leaves under your pillow will also give inspiration and visions. Laurel counteracts negativity and restriction. 

Peppermint Leaf - Helps with upset stomachs, nausea, heartburn, colds and flu, visionary dreams, psychic ability, and healing 

Silver Fir - (also known as Birth Tree) A sacred Druid tree. Burning the needles at childbirth to bless and protect the mother and baby. 

Thyme Leaf - Burn to attract good health, wear to enhance psychic powers and promote restful sleep

Wormwood - (also known as Absinthe) A sacred Druid herb, very magical and sacred to moon deities. An accumulative poison if ingested! Burned with incenses on Samhain to aid and evocation, divination, scrying and prophecy. Especially good when combined with Mugwort. Strengthens incenses for exorcism and protection.