Category Archives: Circle Magick

Week 19: Drawing Down The Moon

I have had to think on this post for a while. I have had some really amazing spiritual experiences this summer that have really added to the content of this subject. None of which I will probably be able to convey in writing that would actually do it any justice.

So, here goes.

Photo credit: ArwensGrace http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020
Photo credit: ArwensGrace http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020

As mentioned in my post on Drawing Down The Sun, drawing down the moon is the ritual in which the Goddess/Feminine is drawn into the person performing the ritual. It was once thought the Goddess energy could only be drawn into a priestess while God energy could only be drawn into a priest. This is now an outmoded idea. I believe that the energy that is called to you is the energy you most need at that moment.

I had performed a Drawing Down ritual of my own for the June 2, 2015 Full Moon. It was something I had never attempted before and was glad that I had others with me. As I had mentioned while writing my God energy posts, I really feel a connection with masculine energy. I was fully anticipating God energy, if anything, during this ritual. I did not expect the fullness of the Feminine that I felt. Maybe it is because I am now pregnant and am really feeling the connection with my inner Mother Goddess now. It was both beautiful and little terrifying. Since this ritual, I have been better able to feel the connection with energy work while performing rituals, meditations, and sometimes in daily life. Especially while cooking and baking. Really gaining a connection with my inner Feminine was one of the best things that I could have done for myself.

Now, I do need to mention (especially as I am writing this at a later date than the one posted) that the Drawing Down ritual was only the beginning of this journey. That connection was so very tenuous. I was privileged to be able to do some Goddess workshops and rituals at a Pagan festival in July. I did not realize before this that I had been slightly out of balance. Being able to combine my connection with masculine and feminine has been a boost to my spiritual growth and health. The workshops and rituals at Summerstar helped me to get a grasp on this and I now feel a balance. It is an amazing, calm feeling.

Week 13: God/Male Energy

After studying moon work, maybe I should have started on feminine studies, but I have actually come to the conclusion that I have worked with “male” centered energy for the past few years at least. I have taken on the role of priest in my coven as we have not had one. I feel as comfortable calling upon God energy as I do calling upon Goddess energy. Which probably also means that I do not need to do this lesson for myself.

Except that I do want to delve deeper into this aspect of my magickal path. Understanding and knowledge are a big part of my life and this is something that I would like to understand better.

This month and next month will be the only times that I intend to bring up the more religious aspects of Paganism. And these will not exactly be religious other than speaking of Gods and Goddesses. While I feel called to certain deities, I am not a religious person. I feel there is an energy we can call upon. We can give this energy some sort of form by using various deities as a focal point, but for the most part, I simply refer to it as The Universe. I do not worship this energy, but I do acknowledge it.

This is not the belief of every Pagan and I absolutely respect that. If you feel more comfortable with a specific series of Gods and Goddesses, then you need to continue with your religious practices. I fully believe that what everyone feels is right for them, then that is Truth for them. That includes Christianity, Atheists, Buddhists, Islam, etc. I may not share your beliefs, but I will defend your right to believe what you need to.

So, with that out of the way, on to Masculine Energy.

God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/
God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/

I believe everyone has a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Maybe different combinations. Some have more male or more female aspects. But, somewhere within all of us, we have access to both energies.

Image found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg
Image found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg

Even Yin has a little Yang and Yang has a little Yin.

Now to get really confusing. What I may consider to be God energy may not be recognized as masculine energy by everyone. I have known some Dianic pagans who do not recognize male energy at all. I found the concept interesting, but a little unbalanced for my own needs. It was the other end of the spectrum from Christianity’s overly male-oriented beliefs. With my own experiences with Christianity, I know that I require a balance of male and female influences.

What IS God energy? How is it different from Goddess energy? I associate God energy with sun and daytime. Summer. Heat. Passion. The physical. Where the Goddess IS knowledge, He is the embodiment of learning. These are what I feel when I feel God energy in the Circle.

*A note on Warrior aspect. Most of my Pagan friends would place this in the category of God and masculine magick. However, when I need to feel strong and protective, I call upon the Mother Goddess. Kali/Coatlique/Athena/Sehkmet are the ones that come to my mind. There are, of course, many others. There is nothing as ferocious and frighteningly protective as a Mother defending her own. I will go into this more when I work with Goddess magick next month.

Now, look into yourself and see within you what you feel would be considered masculine energy. This will not match up with my description of God aspects. Everyone is different and will view male and female energies differently. This month I will be meditating on the God/male parts of me.

Week 12: Moon Magick

Photo credit: ArwensGrace  http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020
Photo credit: ArwensGrace http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020

I am rounding off my Moon Month with a discussion on moon magick. This actually ties in with my post, last week, on the moon’s personalities. I will also be mentioning what moon phase I am working with when I post spellwork on my Spells page.

Moon magick is not just setting up a ritual or a Circle. You can soak up the moon’s goodness by just sitting outside and enjoying the moonlight. I will often bless items by letting them sit outside during the full moon.

For May’s full moon, I have decided to do a slightly more formal ritual than my usual casual rite. I am using an idea from Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. I am toying with the idea of raising energy with chanting. I think that will depend on how many people are able to make it. Starhawk has some amazing group chants in Spiral Dance. Or I may use chakra chants.

The past four weeks have been a great reminder for me on how much I work with the Moon and all of her phases.

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.

Elements – Air

To get myself back on track with my Year-And-A-Day beginner/kids series, I decided to start back up with easy lessons on the Elements.

I decided to start with Air. It is the first Element I invoke during Circle. And, as my last lesson was on Circles, this makes sense to me.

Air Element

 

Air is the element of the mind. We take walks in the fresh air to clear our heads. For my kiddo, I will have him walk with me while we discuss the aspects of Air and how we use this Element everyday. His homework will be to journal his thoughts on Air.

 

General Air Correspondences

(taken from a few different books, including True Magick by Amber K and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham)

General: mind, imagination, intellect, knowledge, theory, breath, peaks, wind, towers

Direction: East

Colors: blue, white

Ritual Tools: athame/sword, wand, censor

Sense: Smell

Goddesses: Aradia, Ariamhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Iris

Gods: Mercury, Thoth, Khepara, Enlil

Spirits: Sylphs

Angel: Raphael

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Wind: Eurus

Animals: Birds (especially hawks and eagles)

Plants: Vervain, yarrow, primrose, violet, frankincense, myrrh

Tree: Aspen

Stones: topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli

Incense: Galfanum