Week 9: The Moon

The Moon. One of the biggest symbols for most Pagans. It is a focus for magic of all types, representative of multiple deities, and one of the easily visible astronomical beauties we can all enjoy.

Moon Work|Mommy Witch's Book of Shadows

The Moon affects the tides and, it is commonly believed, our behavior.

This week was the week of the Full Moon in Libra. I had a few friends over and we celebrated in a very casual fashion. My Full Moon rituals now consist of sitting outside with incense. I will usually write a few things down that I hope to gain/lose/energy that I wish to send out. I burn that paper in my cauldron. We sit and chat and generally just enjoy being under the light of the moon.

The moon’s phases are a really great focal tool:

  • New Moon: (Maiden) magick for new beginnings.
  • Waxing Moon: magick for energy you want directed toward you (prosperity, fertility, happiness, protection)
  • Full Moon: (Mother) pretty much great as an all-purpose focus.
  • Waning Moon: magick for energy you wish to banish (ill-health, depression, unwanted energy)
  • Dark Moon: (Crone) magick for endings.

This is a seriously, super-duper simplified description. I will be adding to this as this month goes on.

I will look into the different meanings behind not just each monthly moon, but also into how the moon signs affect the moon.

 

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Week 8: Living With The Elements

This month’s studies have been so much fun. And now this topic is drawing to a close. However, I did not work on these lessons just to abandon them. I will be working to continue keeping them in my daily life.

A few years ago I wrote a pretty decent lesson on Living In Sync With The Elements. I have read that essay a few times last week and feel it is a good lesson to keep in mind. As I wrote in Week 5, the Elements can be found in every aspect of everyday living. This week, I will be working on meditating with the Elements in mind. I aim to keep them in my thoughts as I go about my day.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit

This month has not made Fire and I super close, but we have reached an agreement. Of sorts. I can get charcoal and incense to actually stay lit. My grill’s self-starter finally worked (after having the grill for nearly a year and it refusing to NOT self-light). It is a tenuous relationship. A start toward something maybe a little stronger.

Week 7: Element Spellwork

Picture from: http://www.legionofpagans.com/element-magick?page=2
Picture from: http://www.legionofpagans.com/element-magick?page=2

I’ve been thinking about how to post about the spellwork I will be working on this week. I have felt that writing about spells can lead down some tricky roads. Some people expect instant results when working with magick. For myself, magick is a form of focus. If you are at all educated on Circle and Ritual workings, then you will know that the majority of the tools used are simply there as a way of focusing your energy. Well, in a similar way, spells work as a focus for me. A focus of energy I can take away with me and keep in my mind. Or in a talisman (or other physical token) form, if that is the type of spellwork I performed.

Preparing for simple spells is a little different from prepping for a formal ritual. Within the past year, I have found myself not needing a fancy Circle set-up as much. I have become confident in my abilities to visualize my protective Circle around me. Don’t get me wrong, the fancier Rituals can be a lot of fun to put together. Especially with a group. I feel those are one of the things that can really bring a magickal group closer together. I also feel the fancy Circles should be reserved for special days, such as the Sabbats, handfastings, and sainings. Of course, you may wish to go through the motions of casting a formal Circle. And that is perfectly fine.

So, with my explanation/disclaimer out-of-the-way, I had some fun with a little natural magick this week.

Willpower Talisman: I created a talisman to help with willpower. I called upon Air for knowledge. Willpower is an aspect of fire. Health is associated with Water. I used a stone for Earth and stability.

That was the only planned spell I did. Most of my free time was involved in planning for the Vernal Equinox. I haven’t been a solitary in a very long time. I actually felt a little lost on how to plan a Sabbat. None of my usual resource books were of any help. So, I pretty much let my Kitchen Witch aspect out and planned a full day of good food and planting seeds.
I did cut a small branch off my dogwood tree (asking permission and giving thanks), soaked the flowers with water, and sprinkled the water over my seedlings and garden area. Envisioning health and growth. That branch is now in a vase and the flowers are still gorgeous.
That tree was also humming with bee activity, which I took as a good sign. Happy bees mean a happy garden.

Week 6: Elemental Work

Picture from: http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2006/05/07/grubbing-in-the-dirt/

Now that I have started a relationship with the Elements (if a tenuous one with Fire), I felt it was time to up that relationship. Well, a little. I pretty much did more Elemental meditation. And it was a PERFECT week for it. It was so gorgeous outside that I was able to spend almost the entire day, all week, working on getting my herb garden set up.

I felt that sun beating down on me. Worked with that dirt. Reveled in the fresh air. I didn’t water anything, yet, but I did feel a happiness that I equate with Water.

It was pretty hard work. My arms are still sore. And admittedly, it was also the reason I fell behind on my blog posts. /sorrynotsorry

I have also been reading Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Scott Cunningham. It is a sweet, simple read. It has some lovely little Elemental exercises and magickal exercises. A few of which I will be working on for my lesson in Week 7.

Week 5: The Elements

Mommy Witch|Element pentagram
Picture from: http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_elements/the_pentagram..asp

 

I used this week to pretty much reintroduce myself to the Elements. We’ve been really close buds in the past, but somewhere along the way… we just drifted apart.

Now, some acquaintances are meant to drift out of our lives. The Elementals are not one that should. Someone once told me that they loved science so much partly because of the Table of Elements. That table has everything (known so far) that creates life as we know it. This resonated with me because the alchemical elements, which are decidedly more simple, are also the essence of our lives.

Most of us who are on the Pagan path can usually feel a connection to one or more of the commonly used Elements:

I also connect with Spirit, but that particular Element is set apart from the others. If you follow an Asian path, you may also include Wood or Metal. I do not know as much about those Elements, so will not go into detail on them. At least not for this session.

Reconnecting with the Elements has been interesting. I have really always had a deep connection with Water. Air has also been pretty close to me. Earth has generally been a bit stand-offish, but we get along. Fire, now. Well, Fire and I need a little help.

It seemed easiest to start by focusing on each Element separately. Spending a little time every day meditating on the different aspects of each one and how they all fit into my life. This was easier when I was doing something that really connected with that Element. For instance, I would work with Water while taking a shower. Paying attention to how the water felt and looked. Taking notice of its changeable nature.

I have done some meditation in that fashion pretty much every day. With maybe slightly more focus on Fire. I really need to work on a better relationship with Fire. I have even found a maṇḍala that has torch-like pictures to color. I think we are starting to at least come to an understanding, if not a relationship. I can at least get my grill going. That’s a start and I will take it.