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How to have a magickal Beltane

  • This is about the world coming to life again and you will need to celebrate nature in some fashion. Take a long walk in the woods if you are able or at the very least (like I do) relax on the back porch with a friend (Lucy especially likes this – ha!) and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature surrounding you.
  • Buy flowers. If you are feeling especially inspired make a chaplet (wreath of flowers to wear) or a flower chain.
  • Have a feast – bread, cheese and fruit are traditional Beltane foods, so bake a fruit pie or include raisin bread and sweet cheese in your meal. These are foods of abundance. I love to bake bread for this sabbat. I usually make a traditional Scottish Meat pie (meat pasty) for the feast.
  • Make love. You don’t have to frolic in the forest certainly (but why not?) to celebrate this time of fertility and passion. Approach this time and connection with your desired one with wild abandon!
  • Beating the bounds. This custom involves walking around the boundaries of one’s property to invoke protection. In some places, the entire community would walk the boundaries of their village, proceeding deosil (clockwise) around the boundary. This would be an excellent time to walk around your house, yard, apartment building, or just your personal space. You can speak, chant, sing or silently appeal for protection.
  • Petitions for good health. Take ribbons or fabric strips and write requests for healing, then tie them to a tree. Hawthorn, Ash, Thorn and Sycamore are the magickal trees of Beltane, but any tree or shrub will do.
  • May Day morning dew. Long ago, young women would rise very early on May Day and collect the dew from leaves and grass. Washing their faces with dew, perhaps rolling in the dewy grass, was believed to make them beautiful, thereby becoming more attractive to the young fellows. It would be a sweet thing to walk through the morning dew, thinking about the beauty of the day and the love of your life.
  • Build a fire outside. Now is the time to put that fire-pit to use, likely for the last time before the Autumn. Burn some sacred sage or thyme in the fire.
  • Do something creative. I have often used the afternoon on Beltane to craft sacred oils, dry herbs or even craft beaded jewelry. Make use of this powerful energy by putting your mind toward artistic pursuits.
  • Drink mead. To me, any time of celebration is a good time for mead but today especially since the honey-wine is perfect for such spring festivities!
  • Give love to the Earth Mother and the Green Man. Or to whomever and whatever your Higher Power is.

Spells do not BACKFIRE!

This bears repeating because it is every single day I get an inquiry or email that mentions this. People ask me if their spell will backfire or they insinuate that it might backfire or manifest opposite of what they desire. I have written about it before but I think I need to make it clear to all that only cars backfire not spells!

When you make a request to the Goddess (Universe) using magick (or prayer, ritual etc.) there is no secret Goddess evil twin who intercepts said request and says, haha I will turn your request on its ear and make the exact opposite happen! Considering the effort and focused will and intention put into a spell, the only two possibilities are that the spell will either manifest as you desire and intend or it will not manifest as you desire and intend.

Sometimes it might partially manifest – perhaps you are hoping to get back with your boyfriend. He has’t contacted you in a month. The spell opens the lines of communication between you. So you are now talking again. This gives you the opportunity to work things out. But you are thinking, he’s not rushing back to me so my spell did not manifest according to my desires. The spell will manifest according to what the Goddess (Universe) decides is best for you ultimately. Thus the spell has manifested but not precisely according to your timetable and the way you saw it in your mind. That is why when you have a spell cast you must always be open to what the Universe will offer you.

To me this spell has been realized – any  manifestation is manifestation and is good.

If for some reason a spell does not manifest, this is not through a fault in the spell. Spells work as they are supposed to work, only we do not always know what is best or right for us. Our desires are not always commensurate with our best interests.

I have been casting spells for a long time and have cast thousands upon thousands of them. They do not backfire. Situations may not work in the way we desire them to but the spell will not cause this condition. The spell will only cause what the intention is or it will cause nothing at all. That is the way of magick.

This is not science. It is art. Keep that in mind.

 

13 Ways to Tell a REAL Witch on the Internet

Many people come to me after they have been scammed by  fake spellcasters on the internet. I have addressed this in several postings but wanted to  make a cohesive list for you all so you can check on a potential caster you find on the internet against this criteria.

  1. Psychics do NOT cast spells. If you find someone claiming to be a psychic AND a spellcaster – they are a sham.
  2. Real psychics are extremely rare. Take anyone claiming to have psychic abilities with a grain of salt.
  3. Tarot reading is NOT the same as psychic abilities. That is an “art” and “craft” as opposed to innate “ability”.
  4. A real witch does not hide information from her clients. You can find her real name. You can find her address.
  5. A real witch has many photos of herself, her altars, witchy things, her life in general. If you go to a website where there are no REAL photos (and not just one photo of a person that is probably a stock photo or stolen from somewhere) of the witch, this is not a site or person to be trusted.
  6. A real witch knows that there are no guarantees and thus will not offer them. Spells are not science. There are too many variables.
  7. A real witch does not offer spells to change hair color, eye color, make you taller, bigger body parts etc. Science takes care of these things, spells do not.
  8. A real witch cannot turn you into a vampire, mermaid, werewolf or other mystical mythological creature. OR from a boy into a girl.
  9. A real witch knows magick takes time, they will not offer you instant or fast-acting spells.
  10. A real witch will work alone, it is rare for a coven or group of witches to get involved casting spells. In fact that would just not happen in an online spellcasting situation. It would be too difficult to coordinate.
  11. A real witch will handle ALL the communication with you from start to finish.
  12. A real witch will be Paypal verified. There are some scam operations that are also verified so beware that they meet all other conditions.
  13. A real witch will have a “presence” on the Internet – a long running blog, Twitter, Facebook – and not just phony accounts, where there is no activity. My clients are my Facebook friends. My blog has been online for years. I am always able to be accessed by my clients through email, Facebook, Twitter and my blog.

If you have questions about a so-called spellcaster – please email me. If you find a legitimate REAL witch (even if it is not me) I will be happy that you get the help you need.

Once in a Blue Moon

A client of mind just reminded me that this summer (August 31st) the occasion of the Blue Moon will be upon us. Wow, it kind sneaks up on you sometimes! The last casting I had for my Blue Moon Wish Spell was two years ago!

So I thought I might entertain you with a little Blue Moon lore since my client brought it up and I have always adored the celebration of the Blue Moon.

What is a Blue Moon?

There are in fact two definitions for a blue moon. According to the more recent definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. For a blue moon to occur, the first of the full moons must appear at or near the beginning of the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average span between two moons is 29.5 days).

The Other Kind of Blue Moon

The older definition, which is recorded in early issues of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, states that the blue moon is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. The full Moon on Nov. 21, 2010, was this type of blue moon; it was the third of four full moons between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Why would one want to identify the third full moon in a season of four full moons? The answer is complex, and has to do with the Christian ecclesiastical calendar.

Some years have an extra full moon—13 instead of 12. Since the identity of the moons was important in the ecclesiastical calendar (the Paschal Moon, for example, used to be crucial for determining the date of Easter), a year with a 13th moon skewed the calendar, since there were names for only 12 moons. By identifying the extra, 13th moon as a blue moon, the ecclesiastical calendar was able to stay on track.

How Often Does a Blue Moon Occur?

Over the next 20 years there will be about 15 blue moons, with an almost equal number of both types of blue moons occurring. No blue moon of any kind will occur in the years 2011, 2014, and 2017.

The more recent phenomenon, where the blue moon is considered to be the second full moon in a calendar month, last occurred on December 31, 2009. Two full moons in one month may occur in any month out of the year except for February, which is shorter than the lunar cycle.

The other, older blue moon event, which happens when there are four full moons in a season, last occurred in May 2008 and will again on Nov. 21, 2010. Since this type of blue moon is reckoned according to the seasons, it can only occur in February, May, August, or November, about a month before the equinox or the solstice.

Twice in a Blue Moon

The rare phenomenon of two blue moons (using the more recent definition) occurring in the same year happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a blue moon appeared twice, in January and March.

The months of the double blue moons are almost always January and March. That is because the short month that falls in between them, February, is a key ingredient in this once-every-19-year phenomenon. For January and March to each have two full moons, it’s necessary for February to have none at all. Since February is usually 28 days long, and the average span between full moons is 29.5 days, if a full moon occurs at the end of January, it’s possible for the next full moon to skip February entirely and fall in the beginning of March.

 

 

Friday the 13th Fun

I write about Friday the 13th every year because 13 is a very lucky number for witches. I thought I’d do something a little different this year and just post a few fun tidbits.

Some events are intentionally scheduled for Fridays the 13th for dramatic effect. They include:

  • Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album was released in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970.
  • The 13th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events was released on Friday, October 13, 2006 by Lemony Snicket, also known as novelist Daniel Handler.
  • Five of the twelve films in the Friday the 13th series, including the most recent (reboot of the series), were released on a Friday the 13th.
  • A long-running theatrical show, Supernatural Chicago, premiered on Friday, February 13, 2004.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds MMORPG features special in-game events featuring Voltaire (musician) and other guests for each Friday the 13th.

Events that have occurred on Friday the 13th include:

  • On October 13, 1307, Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and several Templar Knights were arrested by King Phillip of France. Most were eventually tortured to death.
  • On January 13, 1939, the single worst bushfire in Australian history struck Victoria, Australia, claiming 71 lives and causing widespread damage.
  • The renowned rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur was pronounced dead on September 13, 1996.
  • On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley slammed in to Southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since 1992. (I was in this hurricane btw!)
  • An engineering train on the Northern Line of the London Underground became uncoupled and went on a 13-minute journey southbound from Archway station, finally stopping at Warren Street tube station on the West End branch of the line on August 13, 2010. The train in front was forced to skip several stations and was diverted to the City branch of the line.
  • On January 13, 2012, France, Austria, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain had their credit ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s.
  • On January 13, 2012, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia sank in front of the island of Isola del Giglio, killing at least sixteen aboard and injuring 64.
  • North Korean satelite launch attempt Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 failed on April 13, 2012. (that’s today!)
  • The asteroid 99942 Apophis will make a close encounter with Earth, closer than the orbits of communication satellites, on April 13, 2029. (YIKES!)

What’s Your Mojo Like?

Yeah baby yeah! Got to get your mojo back? Well that is what I’ve got working this month with my new spell Making Mojo. This is the spell to use to increase your attractiveness to whom ever you what to attract for your lusty purposes. This spell isn;t really about love but more about making the sexy times count and be more frequent and fun. I thought since April is all about taxes that all of could use a little sex escape and mojo is all about that!

So what is mojo exactly?

A mojo is usually a root sack or nation sack used in voodoo to help increase attractiveness, luck and love drawing. However it can be a bunch of other cool things too:

  • Mojo (comics), a supervillain in various Marvel Comics publications
  • Mojo, a board game
  • Mojo!, a video game
  • Mojo (magazine), a British music magazine
  • Mojo (mobile journalist), a journalist in the field who sends stories electronically
  • Mojo: Conjure Stories, an anthology edited by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Mother Jones (magazine), a progressive magazine colloquially referred to as “MoJo”
  • Mojo Rules System (RPG), a generic multi-genre RPG rules system presented in Polymancer
  • Mojo Jojo, the main villain in The Powerpuff Girls
  • Mojo, an album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Mr Mojo Risin, an anagram of “Jim Morrison”, found on “L.A. Woman”, a 1971 album by The Doors.
  • Mojo Nixon, American musician
  • “Got My Mojo Workin'”, a song made popular by Muddy Waters that became a blues standard
  • Mojo Records, a record label
  • “Mojo”, a song by Night Ranger from Feeding off the Mojo
  • Mojo, Ethiopia, a railway town near Addis Ababa
  • Mojo Alcantara, an Italian municipality in Sicily
  • Mojo Mendiola, philologist and artist
  • Mo Johnston or MoJo, footballer
  • Maurice Jones-Drew or MoJo, NFL running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Matt Morginsky or Mojo, former lead singer of The O.C. Supertones
  • Permian High School or Mojo, a high school in Odessa, Texas
  • Mark Montijo or Mojo, an automotive wheel Designer/Engineer in Southern California
  • Mojo (sauce), a name of various culinary sauces used in the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Caribbean
  • Mojo Press, a publisher of books and graphic novels
  • Miscarriages of Justice Organisation or MOJO, a charity dedicated to fighting miscarriages of justice
  • Box Office Mojo, a website detailing motion picture box-office totals
  • Libido, sometimes referred to in slang as ‘mojo’.
  • Mojo chews, a child’s confectionery (candy) popular in the 1970s and 1980s in Britain and Ireland, still manufactured in 2012 by Tangerine Confectionery.