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SAMHAIN Veil thins between two worlds

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SAMHAIN, VEIL THINS BETWEEN WORLDS

SAMHAIN  or Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead.
According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored.
The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle. The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year.
The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living. The veil between the two worlds is thinnest at this time and psychic abilities are at their highest peak. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. Cakes were made and tables set to invite the spirits of the departed to visit. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey. So on this Halloween, light a fire, have a feast and some cider and give thanks to all who have gone before.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween

The God Box

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Many years ago, a friend of mine made me a little box.   When she brought it to me, she told me it was a God Box.   That it would give me the strength to get through any problems.

Thinking yeah, right!  Need a much bigger box than this God Box!!!

However, being of good faith, I place it on my desk and sure enough –through the years my God Box has helped me through many situations.

I moved a year or so ago and packed it away, and while I love my new home found I began to worry about little things.  Recently I came across the miraculous little box , dug it out and again placed it in plain site.  And voila!!  A sense of peace came over me.

 

This is how the God Box works,

On a piece of paper (or just mentally) write down briefly what is bothering you or if manifesting an image of what life you want.

And place it in the box–believe, dream, let go and place it in the hands of God.

Now for the box itself!!!!

Anyone can make a God box, it can be simple or elaborate.   It can be a mason jar or a plastic container.  The main thing is the inscription.  Type it out and put it on or in the box,  Read it when you add your note!!!

 

Hello,

I am God…..today I will be handling all your problems.

Please remember that I do NOT need your help.

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.

Kindly put it in the SFGTD box (something for God to do).  

All situations will be resolved in MY time, not yours.

Once it has been put in the box , do not hold onto it, do not worry about it……..instead focus on all the wonderful things

present in your life!!!  And there are always wonderful things if you look hard enough!

Have a great day!

Love,

GOD

 

Nothing was ever solved by worry!!  or holding on to outdated things!!

Have a great day!  It’s being handled

Purifying emotions

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Today is the first day after the full moon.  It  puts us in a release cycle of the moon phase and is a great time for some letting go, in the case purifying the emotions.

We all get bogged down with old “junk” and it is very clearing to purify those emotions and let go of all anger, hurt, resentments and such.

It is like hitting delete on your computer.

We live in a constant state of angst these days and it is a necessary part of life to purify emotions to open ourselves up to the bright new possibilities of the future.

As this was a Super Moon and brings the promise of change for the better, why not take a few minutes to clear out all the past?

Below is a simple excercise to Purify the emotions!

 

Sometime we just need to clear out all the old emotions and make room for new! Today is the first day of the release cycle after the Super Full Moon. It is an excellent time to release the old and make room for the new!!!

 

 

PURIFYING EMOTIONS

May be done any evening during the waning moon (release)

A white candle
A bowl of water
A small bowl of salt
Dried sage in something you can burn it in

Say aloud

I use these elements to cleanse any toxins that may
Cloud my ability to flow

I release negativity to fire
(wave your hand through the flame of the candle)
I release blockages in my earth
(rub salt on hands)
I clear my own air
(wave the smoking sage in front of you)
and I purify my water
(dip your hands in water)

I ask that the release be gentle
I affirm my trust and faith in my own abundant flow

So be it
And so it is

Dispose of ingredients immediately
This candle may be used again for THIS spell only

CANDLE LIGHTING: ENERGY SHIFTING

candle magicCandle lighting has been around for centuries and used for romance, entertaining and decor among many other uses.

Candle lighting for energy shifting is also an effective way of using candles to change the vibrations in a room or home.  Often we need a little push from the universe, a little shift in energy and candles are a great way to accomplish this.

You do not need a big ritual, just a candle and some good thoughts.  Think how candle lighting can set a romantic mood!

We live in a sea of living energy that is in constant motion. The candle is our “potential” energy source. Our spirit is our psychic source. When we combine the energy potential with the psychic energy of our spirit, we create a force that will influence the universe around us.

Remember you have a great responsibility to yourself and to others to use your knowledge in a constructive and healing way. Don’t try to bend the will of others and remember Karma. Keep your intent clear.

Candle magic or candle lighting will not solve your problems overnight but it is a powerful tool. It can also help you to realize that events can be altered and influenced by will. We are not helpless bystanders.

Later, I will discuss a bit about the flame but for now, Keep it simple.   A candle, a thought, a clear intent is all that is needed to start your candle  lighting for energy shifting.

Please do not use broken or dirty candles for the candles to shift energy.  The candle should be for purpose and again the intention clear.

(sometime, it is good to get a reading first, to make sure you know the truth of the matter)

Below is a simple candle lighting for energy shifting “spell”:

 

You will need

1 yellow candle

1 lemon

Simply light the yellow candle with a twist of citrus rind and voila!  an uplifted mood!  Positive energy in the room.  /can be done anytime.

It is recommended you use the 7 day glass jar candles and let them burn.  I place mine on a pie time or a saucer with a bit of water in case the jar cracks.  If you must put out the candle===snuff it, do not blow and relit as soon as possible.

Enjoy!!!

Healing self

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Most of us have been hurt along the way.  Especially when it comes to relationships, be it soulmates, love relationships, or even friendships.

The key is in the healing self.  Learning to trust again.  Mainly healing ourselves to trust ourselves, to believe in our own intuition, to follow our “gut” feeling.

Healing self calls for some realistic viewing of the situation, especially relationships and accepting our part “if only”  and “yeah but” and take a look at the realistic way the relationship really was all along, and you will see many times we are in “wish” mode.  And waiting for the person to change.

We can only change ourselves and this will change the energies around you.

We cannot look for a person , place or thing to make us happy.  It is an inside job.

Healing self–treat yourself as you would want others to treat you, love yourself, be good to you let go of the past-it is after all-PAST!  Turn you eyes forward and allow your heart to open to healing self.

The pain in our lives does not define us, it makes us learn, grow and become stronger!!

What an awesome individual you are!!

MAGIC COLOR OF THE DAY

 

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Every day of the week, is a magical day. Each of the seven days of the week has its own magical color and energies of the day as well as flowers, planets and purpose.  Each day has it’s own vibrations as does a color, which allow them to work together well.

 

Magic does not have to be complicated to be effective. The most powerful works of magic are those that are simple, practical, and come from the heart.  Changing energy with color can be as simple as changing  your shirt to the magical color of the day or lighting a candle of a certain color to set off the magical color of the day.Learning to combine these various related items together and to begin to focus on daily activities, you’ll understand that by working with these accessories in a new way, you are allowing yourself more creative ways to personalize your Witchcraft or energy shifting.

According to practitioners of color therapy, the link between colors, moods and our emotions runs deep.  They believe that not only do colors affect our emotions but they can heal as well.

So let’s begin by looking at a  simplified outline of the magical color of the day.

Sunday, our first day of the week.

 

Sunday:

Sunday corresponds to the sun, our closest star. This day is full of wonder and all sorts of potential for success, wealth, and fame. Sundays are for personal achievements of any kind such as working towards a promotion at your job, seeking fame and wealth.

The magical color of day are Orange and gold, pink for love

Adventure, change, love

Sitting outside at sunrise, wearing orange clothing, pink jewels, arrange Sunflowers in a vase, scatter marigold petals to encourage prosperity


Monday:

 This magical day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.

The magical color of the day is white.

Purity, wholesomeness, feminine,

 Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour.   Call down the moon.
Empower your silver jewelry by setting it out under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry. Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue the flowers that are associated with the moon,

White roses and gardenias are flowers of the moon.  Think of the femme fatale.


Tuesday: Tuesday is a 
Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into energy to call for strength and courage.  Also a sex day.  Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: . Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of reds and corals on Tuesdays and turn a few heads

Set out a bouquet of protective snapdragons.  


Wednesday: This magical color day is green. This is a 
Mercury day, and is full of contradictions, change, and excitement. It is also a day of wealth and prosperity.
 
Using the charming scent of lily of the valley to improve your memory, or working with the aspen tree for communication.

Wearing Green to draw money, growth prosperity with a bit of brown to stabilize.  Light a green candle on a new moon for money.

Thursday: Thursday is a day for enlightenment, thanks for abundance. Creativity.  Some suggestions for Thursdays energy would be yellow and violet (for creativity)

Carrying a turquoise tumbled stone in your pocket to draw a little protective and healing energy your way.

Yellow tulips to brighten, violets to instill creativity. 


Friday: Friday belongs to Venus, both the planet and its namesake Roman goddess of love. This day is sacred to many other gods and goddesses of love such as Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and the Norse goddess that gave the day it’s name, Freya (also a great lingerie). This day is for love beauty, music and the arts. 

Magical colors of the day are off white for things sacred, Indigo for mystery and artistic talent, blues for tranquility.

A blue candle brings calmness, pink roses for inner beauty
Carrying a rose quartz with you today to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-worker


Saturday: This day of the week got it’s name from 
Saturn. This day is obviously associated with the planet Saturn and is our last day of the week. Traditionally Saturdays are great days for protection, eliminating a negative situation, and generally a good time to clean up any magical messes that you have been ignoring and those messes at home interfering with clear thinking. 

Wear the magical color of the day, black and deep purple. Here is your perfect excuse to be dramatic and witchy.

Burning black candles to absorb negativity and burning purple ones to increase your magical wisdom and boost your spirituality

Cleaning your house and cleansing it while you are at it. Think of hitting the delete button.

Every day is a magical day. Just how enchanting of a day it turns out to be is completely up to you

RELATIONSHIPS: Sustaining and Maintaining

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It was recently said by someone– because of being so busy, they  did not have the energy to sustain the relationship.

The question posed was–Did they “want” to continue to see the person.  It was about the desire not the ability.
After a great deal of thought on the word, sustain – it seemed to me, the word should have been maintain as she was inquiring about  the desire not the ability.  This led me to the dictionary where I looked up the word “sustain” and then “maintain” and found it rather interesting.
According to the dictionary to Sustain is to–.
strengthen or support physically or mentally.
synonyms: comforthelpassistencouragesuccorsupport, give strength to,buoy up, carry, cheer up, hearten
for example-you sustain a charity through your donations that may fail otherwise–
Whereas to Maintain is to–1.
to cause or enable (a condition or state of affairs) to continue.
synonyms: preserveconservekeepretain, keep going, keep alive, keep up,prolongperpetuate
for example-you oil your wood furniture to maintain it
It also made me start to think about sustaining and maintaining a relationship when it is under stress or is at a stale mate because of various factors.   Or when it seems , there just isn’t time or energy.
Many times we find we have no interest or thought  for something at the moment, but it does not dampen our desire to continue it or to return to it.  We just do not have the energy to give to it at the moment  Perhaps it is taking care of children, parents or just good old work  overload.
This is especially true in relationships.  One partner becomes so involved in work for example that he cannot give to the relationship and the other partner feels as if things are ending,  That they are being shut out.
This is where it is important to know the difference between sustaining and maintaining  something we want to keep in our lives. We were not asking did you want the relationship to end, we were asking about did you desire to have it continue.
And with a little communication ie maintenance, many relationships can make it through the hard times.
Simple words go along way in letting a partner know this is a temporary situation.  That they just can’t focus at the moment but want it to be there in the future.
 First let them know-when it is back to normal, you will spend some time together.   Let them know, you want to maintain this but for right now you have no energy to sustain it but that it is temporary.   Tell them , I miss you/us.  And above all let them know you want them in your life and that you want it to continue and you appreciate their patience.
A few words here and there can Maintain a person for along time until you can put forth the energy again.
With a bit of thought, a strong relationship will not collapse from a lack of sustaining as long as you remember to do the maintaining until you can get to it again.
Love isn’t when  there is no stress nor problems in the relationship
Love is when the stress ends
Love is still there.

Summer Solstice

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Art by Lynn Fogel “Summer Solstice
Lynn Fogel’s website click here and etsy shop

 

The June solstice is known as the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice the southern hemisphere. The date varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year.

 

Joyous celebrations are held on the Summer Solstice , the longest day of the year and eve of the first day of Summer and in some cultures, wooden wheels are set on fire at sunset and rolled down hills to represent the sun.

At Summer Solstice we give tribute for abundance, power, and possibilities.  The warmth of the earth and the growth of crops.

Bonfires are lit in many areas on Summer Solstice, and sacred herbs such as mugwart and vervain are tossed into the flames.  Rings of summer flowers are worn on the heads of the women and children and the community comes together for laughter and celebration.

Many cultures hold sacred rituals to mark this astronomical and earthly event.  In ancient times many of these took place inside stone circles such as Stonehenge, that were aligned with solstices and equinoxes for more power.

On this Summer Solstice take some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to celebrate the earths beauty and bounty.  And to enjoy the Suns golden light that nourishes all things.

Make flower wreaths like chaining daisies as a child and wear them in your hair or around your neck.  Visit a body of water or the woods and enjoy the wonder of nature.

Enjoy a wonderful glass of fresh water, ice tea or a nice libation of Summer Sangria!!!

Give Thanks and enjoy life!!

 

Summer Sangria

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 ripe nectarine, pitted and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tangerine, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless white grapes, halved
  • 1 cup club soda

Preparation

  1. In a large pitcher or other container, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, excluding the club soda, and mix well. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria sit for at least 1 hour (and up to 4 hours). The sangria will sweeten with time, so the longer it sits, the better. Just before serving, stir in the club soda and ice cubes

Or make one of you own, best with the summer fruit with pits and perhaps a bit of ginger or some fun herbs.

 

FULL MOON release fears candle work

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FULL MOON  release fears 
 
The day after the Full Moon puts the universe into a “release” cycle of the moon.  Waning, going away, letting go.
 
Sometime we are just stuck in a rut and afraid of change.  This energy shifting of the candles is perfect for removing those negative thoughts.
 
 
The fear of not moving forward, the fear of rejection,  the fear of not having  (this can sometimes block our having) be it a person, place or thing.
and of course , the fear of change.
Remember this is energy shifting.  A burning candle gives you something on which to focus, a reminder that you are letting go.  This is to be done for you, not others.  It may be there Karmic path to face their fears and deal with them accordingly.
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This is a very simple 2 candle spell to do the day after the Full Moon
 
 
 

On a piece of paper write down what it is you are releasing.  The fear of not having enough of something, not being good enough,smart enough, strong enough.  All this can block all our efforts.  If you do  not know  what your fear is — simply leave it blank and the universe will fill it in for you.

To Remove fear

One red candle

one white candle

On the first day after the Full Moon, Light the red and then the white giving up all your fear and anxiety to the higher power in your life.  Let it burn till done.

I use the glass jar candles that burn for about 7 days.  These are usually found in grocery, drug stores and the .99 store.  They sometime have saints on them.  I place mine on a cookie sheet, pie tin or candle holder in case of cracking as it gets lower and hotter.

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When you use Candle Magick, you are causing changes in the universe.  While there are constructive and destructive changes you can initiate (notice I did not say good and bad).  Universal energies are neutral!   They are not “good” or “evil” as in the movies.

Example-constructive to bring something as opposed to destructive, destroying fear

Keep your intent clear, work on yourself, and do not interfere with others

Candles can be used in a very positive and powerful way to set off a vibration in the universe

(see explanation of how they work under the subject Candle work)

Have a Fabulous Day!

Insights by Sandra