Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fire Signs in Magick - Sagittarius the Archer




Mutable fire sign - Mutable signs know how to go with the flow.  They are associated with versatility, adaptability and being flexible.

Ruled by Jupiter - Jupiter represents expansiveness and good fortune. We see this in the Sagittarian gift of being  perpetually  shielded from the world. 

Rules the ninth house (philosophy) - Associated with our systems of ethics, personal world views and encounters with the exotic.

Archetypes: The Gypsy, The Student and The Philosopher

Associated Tarot Cards: Sagittarius is shown in the Temperance card which represents coordination, diplomacy and sometimes caution. Sagittarius ruling planet Jupiter is represented by the wheel of fortune card which indicates good fortune, eternity and new cycles. 

Key phrase: I See. The archer has the keen ability to understand situations from a deep intuitive level.

Seeking, adventurous, enthusiastic and optimistic. These are the first words that come to mind when we think of Sagittarius. All of these glowing terms also have their darker side. Without balance seeking becomes restless, adventurous becomes irresponsibility and optimistic becomes foolish. Steve Forrest writes "To realize the ultimate meaning of life. To find one's destiny in the cosmic scheme of things. To arrive at the Truth. Those are the goals of the arrow."


Dana Gerhardt equates each sign with one of the Herculean Labors. For his Sagitarrian labor, he is tasked with clearing the Stymphalian marsh of Arcadia. Upon arrival, he finds the marsh infested with a horde of man-eating birds as fierce as lions and leopards. The birds are gathers on the ground and his arrows just bounce off the metallic feathers protecting their torsos. Hercules is at a loss what to do. To gain some peace and perspective, he climbs a nearby mountain. There he encounters Athena, who hands him a pair of divine castanets forged by the immortal craftsman Hephaestus. Hercules shakes the bronze castanets. Their joyful noise startles the Stymphalian birds, who quickly take flight. Some fly away forever. The rest Hercules picks off one by one, his arrows now reaching their soft bellies. 

Hercules gives us a perfect formula for Sagittarian success. No matter what your challenge, Sagittarius, first go somewhere spacious, preferably to a high place where you have room to breathe, where your mind can expand and thus open to the presence of Higher Mind.


Spellcraft with Sagittarius

Although we may not all want to show the world our inner lives there are certainly times when being able to do so would be helpful. A performance review at work, meeting new people, or preparing for any type of a performance are situations that come to mind. 

Some great Sagittarian energies to harness with constructive (creating or attracting) magick are:
  • Seeing or finding the truth
  • Creating optimism
  • Adventurousnes
  • Travel 
  • Expansion
  • Good fortune

Some great Archer energies to harness with destructive (destroying or banishing) magick are:


  • Learning or education challenges
  • Fear of travel or new life states
  • Bad fortune
  • Gullibility

Tell us how do you use Sagittarian energies in your spell craft?


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Friday, February 7, 2014

Our helpful Astrology Resources


Because there is always more to learn here is a list of some of the resources we discussed. 

  • Astrolabe website - A great resource for free online natal charts with a simple to read natal chart image.
    • Also offers free online natal charts and the planet/sign explanations are superior

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fire Signs in Magick - Leo the Lion

We continued the discussion with Leo, the Lion. 



Fixed fire sign - Fixed Signs are associated with stabilization, determination, depth and persistence.

Ruled by Sun - The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. We see this in Leo's desire to be seen fully by the world. 

Rules the fifth house (creativity) - Associated with the pleasure, playfulness and creative expression.

Archetypes: The Performer, The Child and The Clown.

Associated Tarot Cards: Leo is the Temperance card - Balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning. Sun is the Sun - Fun, warmth, success, positivity, vitality.

Key phrase: I Will. Leo is nothing if not doing, acting, showing people their true self. One article says the Leo says, "Love me!" with everything they do, but many of us hear "Look how awesome I am."

The first descriptive words we tackled are temperamental, pompous and egocentric. Sounds pretty harsh but if your objective is to have your inner world perfectly reflected in your actions all of these traits are bound to come out. Steve Forrest writes "To express the mind. To create outward symbols of your inward state. To weave a transparent clue whose unraveling leads anyone to the center of our most intimate mysteries - that is Leo work." 

This takes up to the flip side they are also creative, charismatic and generous. Their love of expression lends it's to romance, making friends and working a crowd with the powerful vitality of the ruling sun.

Dana Gerhardt equates each sign with one of the Herculean Labors. For his Leo labor, he is tasked with killing the lion that terrorizes the hills around Nemea. Of course it is a terrible beast and Hercules quickly discovers that it's pelt in impenetrable. This is where the Leo creativity comes in.  He finds the lions lair and learns everything about it. He becomes to intimate with it's bahavior that he practically "becomes" the beast. After this depth of discovery he rushed the animal and strangles it with his bare hands. He then impulsively skins the animal, and wears the pelt and claws when he goes back to the king (Love me!) who already dislikes and mistrusts him (How awesome am I!) 

Spellcraft with Leo

Although we may not all want to show the world our inner lived there are certainly times when being able to do so would be helpful. A performance review at work, meeting new people, or preparing for any type of a performance are situations that come to mind. 

Some great Leo energies to harness during with constructive (creating or attracting) magick are:

  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • Making your achievements know
  • Preparing for public speaking, meetings, presentations
  • Shielding your inner world from others

Some great Leo energies to harness during with destructive (destroying or banishing) magick are:

  • Blocking or deconstructing potential change
  • Becoming invisible to others (unwanted attention)
  • Showing your true self to others (destroying boundaries in intimate relationships)

Tell us how do you use Leo energies in your spell craft?


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fire signs in magick - Aries, The Ram

The depth and complexity of astrology amazes me every time we talk about it. The more I know the more baffling I find the attempt by the main stream to dumb it down to a 'daily horoscope'. Every time we study astrology something new clicks into place in my mind and makes the whole concept make a lot more sense but I'll get to my epiphany later ;-)

We kicked off the discussion with Aries, The Ram. 


Cardinal fire sign - Full of that self-initiatory spirit and firey leadership. 

Ruled by Mars - The assertive nature of Mars instills the drive to make things happen. Mars depicts the warrior archetype, so the often the first into any battle.

Rules the first house (Personality) - Associated with the self, action, and beginnings.

Archetypes: The Warrior, The Survivor, The Daredevil

Associated Tarot Cards: Aries is the Emperor - Forging ahead, leadership, confidence. Mars is the Tower - Upheaval, sudden change, revelation.

Key phrase: I AM. This ties right in with Steven Forrests description of Aries as the existential survivor. Aries is the life force, the will to exist. This creates the perfect mind set for self centered behavior. 

The first key word that came up was HEADSTRONG. The image of the ram using his horns to batter past the opposition comes immediately to mind. Clearing the route, forging ahead and taking no prisoners! The Aries energy expects no quarter and offers none to those defeated.

The quintessential risk taker, pioneering, adventurous and not afraid to lead the charge. The Mars rulership brings in an assertive or aggressive quality.

Dana Gerhardt equates each sign with one of the Herculean Labors. For his Aries labor, Hercules must capture and tame four savage horses, gifts from Mars to his half-mortal son, the barbaric King Diomedes. You may recall from the tale that Hercules quickly captures the savage horses but then leaves them with his squire Admetos to do battle with Diomedes. He defeats the king only to find that the horses have escapes and trampled his valuable squire. Of course, Hercules gets the horses back but the tale illustrates the sacrifices an Aries action can incur.

Spellcraft with Aries

I think the "self-centered" aspect of the Aries energy often gives it a bad rap. The ability to be the center of your world can keep you centered and strong. The lack of balance comes in when the Aries energy makes you fail to see that others are not your solar system but are themselves the center of another world. 

Some great Aries energies to harness during with constructive (creating or attracting) magick are:
  • Jump starting a new initiative
  • Building confidence
  • Creating/attracting motivation or drive 
  • Taking on a leadership position

Some great Aries energies to harness during with destructive (destroying or banishing) magick are:
  • Pushing through obstacles (think of those horns)
  • Deconstructing selfishness
  • Resolving conflicts

Tell us how do you use Aries energies in your spell craft?


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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lammas Feast Ritual

Our Lammas Feast and ritual went wonderfully! It is always a treat to eat and celebrate with open and engaging people. One of my favorite parts was the Toastmaster game. People had such fun and meaningful stories to share. 

The idea of a Lammas feast was in part inspired by the Jewish Passover Seder. The seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt and takes place at the Seder table.

We chose to offer a retelling of the story of Tailtiu and Lugh for our Lughnasadh feast. Below is the outline for our ritual the ritual words are in green and "stage direction" in black. It doesn't include the division of roles but we did take turns with each paragraph.  I hope you enjoy it. It is not a full circle casting and we explained why to everyone. Also, check out our Lammas feast program that everyone recieved as they arrived.


Calling the Quarters

Air Sacred Air, the breath of life. Be present at our feast! We celebrate your inspiration with this offering of smoked almonds.

Fire Blessed Fire, the spark of life. Be present at our feast! We celebrate your warmth and heat with this offering of ripe peaches.

Water Sacred Water, the blood of life. Be present at our feast! We celebrate your care and compassion with this offering of fresh cucumbers.

Earth Blessed Earth, the flesh of life. Be present at our feast! We celebrate your Abundance and stability with this offering of salted nuts.

This space is made sacred by our celebration. Today we sup with the gods but remain firmly in the physical world. All are free to enter and exit as need be. Please, join us at table!

The Telling

Seeing the need of the people, great mother Tailtiu gathered her kin to clear the forest from the land she knew to be able to thrive under the agriculture of her new people. Her great work was undertaken to protect her people from starvation and her land from being stripped completely of the magical wild lands.


The work of clearing proved so onerous as to break her heart but her love for her people remained. To continually bestow her grace upon the land she asked her favored foster son Lugh to conduct feasting and games every year on this cleared land.


Behold this blessed loaf, with it we lament our blessed nourishing mother, lest we forget the toll our crops take upon the land. Yet we also celebrate the bounty she provides when cared for well. Eat and be nourished in mind, body and spirit.  (Pass the bread)

In the spirit of thanks, truth to the land and hospitality what do you offer to the feast? (This question was asked individually of each person at the table, they presented their dish and we all responded with) Blessed be

After each dish was presented we rose and poured for each guest saying “Our Lord and Lady be thanked for you shall not hunger or thirst this day.” 


“Eat, drink and be merry!” The dishes were passed and all served themselves.


Toast master game:

Now let us find our Toast Master. We will pass this toast cup and you should regal us with a story, joke, or wit and end it with a toast. We will then vote to choose our feast Toast Master! Who takes the cup first? (A ribboned chalice was passed. After the feast a vote took place to identify our toast master and they were rewarded the cup)


Releasing the quarters:

Earth Blessed Earth, I thank you for your presence and gifts. May there always be peace between us.

Water Sacred Water, I thank you for your presence and gifts. May there always be peace between us.

Fire Blessed Fire, thank you for your presence and gifts. May there always be peace between us.

Air Sacred Air, thank you for your presence and gifts. May there always be peace between us.


After the Feast:


We are thankful for great mother Tailtiu’s sacrifice and to her foster son Lugh for carrying on the feast in her name. Mighty Lugh is a many-skilled god, a warrior, a patron of the arts, a master of trades, and a silver-tongued bard. Let us compete in his honor!


So what do you think? We love comments, suggestions and all feedback.

Merry Meet. 








Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Witches Bottles for Protection

At our protection magick study group there were a lot of great discussions about how to use protection magick in our lives and spell craft. This is the final of several blogs that reviewed the topics we covered. We would love to hear your feedback on the content and topics.  

After our discussion about protection needs we got to work creating our witches bottles.


The witch bottles we crafted  are counter-magical devices used as protection against the things we discussed in the Who needs Protection Magick blog. Keep in mind that this is only one type of bottled spell. 

The things we put into the witches bottles fall into the three categories of personalize, trap and dissipate. Each magickal worker will need to fill these categories as they see fit.

Personalize - This is the act of putting the essence of the person to be protected in the bottle. The witches bottle needs to draw any harm away from the intended (or unintended) victim. Using parts of our body that we no longer need like hair, fingernail clippings, urine, spit or menstrual blood attracts the energies to the bottle but does not deteriorate the protected in any way. 

Some practitioners believe that you must also have essence of the protectee on the outside of the bottle to draw the energies. The essence of the witch can be inserted into the bottle in other ways as well. Common examples are naming papers, felt hearts, personal jewelry or anything the resonates with the energy signal of the person to be protected. When using these, keep in mind what the rest of the content of the bottle is meant to do and protect the items as needed. 

Trap and Confuse - Once we have attracted this harmful energy into the bottle we need to make sure it stays there. There is not limit to the ways a practitioner may decide to confuse the energies and trap them in the bottle long enough for them to begin to dissipate. Knotted string, certain herbs, pins, rusty nails, broken glass, empowered stones, thorns, and sap are just a few of the items we discussed. The important thing to remember is the need to hold or damage the energy so it can not continue on to it's intended purpose.

Dissipate - Although many practitioners will leave a bottle to fill to capacity before dissipating the energy others find it useful to immediately start transforming the uglies captured in the bottle. Some items that can be used to this end are urine, vinegar, wine, certain herbs, empowered stones and salt. You will likely find it helpful to charge these items with intent before placing them in the bottle.

Constructing and Sealing - There is no specific order the bottles should be filled to. Follow your intuition and you will not go astray. From personal experience  I will recommend adding any liquid last but this is purely for ease of construction. A traditional way to seal the bottle is with wax (often black) dripped over the cork or lid. This can be a cumbersome (and messy) process but it will give you some good time to charge the bottle well. Any sealing that keeps the items and energy where you have put them will suffice.

Placement - When it comes to placement there are again divergent schools of thought. Traditionally the bottles are buried in a forgotten corner of the protectees property (or potted plant if that's what you have). This will move the energies away from the target. Since burying items is often seen as a way to dissipate them in earth energy this would help with dissipation. Others like to keep the bottle above ground and by a window or doorway (in other words near them) and bury only when taking the item out of service.

Some Herbal Addition Options 


Angelica for removing curses and hexes.
Anise for protection from spirits.
Cinquefoil for protection and washing away curses.
Cinnamon for increasing speed of action.
Lavender to protect against the evil eye.
Hyssop to purge evil and negativity.
Raspberry to protect the home from intruders.
Rosemary for protection while sleeping and from thieves (energy thieves)
Sandalwood for healing and exorcism.


Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, questions or experiences. We love to hear from you. 

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Protection Spells, Crafts, and Herbwork

At our protection magick study group there were a lot of great discussions about how to use protection magick in our lives and spell craft. We will post several blogs that review the topics we covered. We would love to hear your feedback on the content and topics.  

We rounded out the discussion by talking about the different types of spell craft used for protection. The notes below are from Syl and we thank her for the amazing contribution!

Banishing: Any spell that is crafted to banish unwanted energy or people.

Unbinding: A spell to sever a connection between you and an unwanted person. Most often, these take the form of choosing two symbols to represent you and the unwanted other, tying a string between them, then severing the connection during ritual. Inscribed candles may take the place of an actual object.

Release: similar to unbinding, but these spells usually attempt to remove the impact of a memory a person, event, or other harmful energy has had on your life. Usually done with natural running water, you can send off the memory of that unwanted person by setting adrift an inscribed candle, a photo, or other floating object. If drainage is a concern and you have no access to natural flowing rivers, you may symbolically bathe or shower away the memory of the person in a somewhat ritualized format.

Binding: like tying someone’s arms behind their back, this type of spell works to stop this person having any influence on your life. A word of caution, you are not binding them from others or living their own life, you are simply stopping them from having any harmful effect on you or a chosen other.

Witches Bottles: Place in a mason jar or other well-sealing lid an array of sharp objects including broken glass, nails, needles, or thorns. Charge the bottle with the intent of trapping any harmful energy that might come your way. If you feel the bottle is ‘full’, bury it next to a tree to neutralize the energy and send it back to the earth. Check out the witches bottle blog for more information. 

Knotwork: You can knot or braid together ribbon, cord, or yarn and create various loops where appropriate. All the while, imagine that any harmful energy that finds its way to this knotwork will become confused and trapped within it.

Medicine Bags: These are small bags you carry with you that are filled with protective herbs or stones.

Herbal Work: There are a lot of ways you can use protective herbs, whether simply hanging dried ones about the house, creating meals or teas with protective properties, or creating oils, sprays, or other household substances. Get creative! Plus many of them smell good too.

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