Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sun Day - a Day on Intent, Creation and Renewal

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

7th Day of the 4th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Fearn/Alder
4th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Fearn/Alder
Moon Phase: waxing Crescent
Moon sets: 12:54AM EDST
Moon rises: 10:13AM EDST
Moon in Mutable Air Sign of Gemini
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: A story of your choice
that moves you.
Sun in Aries
Sunrise: 7:22AM EDST
Sunset: 7:32PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What needs
clarification and what  motivations underlie it?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year
March 21st, 2010

    Amulets, Charms, Talismans, Incantations and Spells

If you consult an everyday dictionary these will all apear to have very similar definitions however, in the Craft they are distinctly, if subtly different.
      A Talisman is usually a paper-based spell. It may becarried on the person, in the pocket or wallet, or placed in a special place. It will include pictures or symbols to signify its purpose.
    An Amulet is an object which is worn or carried. It may, may not, have been empowered to promote its natural or inherent properties. Piece of jewellery are frequently used as amulet.
    A Charm is usually more than one object, put together to create a 'carry-able ' spell. Usually these are contained in a cloth bag, pouch, or the like. Again it is worn or carried. People sometimes use the word Charm when they mean Incantation, which a number of words, frequently rhyming, used as a spell to focus and concentrate the energy put in by the practitioner.
    A Chant is a verse, or verses, which are repeated regularly and rhythmatically raise energy which is to be used in magical working.
    A Spell is a specific piece of magickal working to solve a particular problem. While it may involve the creation of one of the above, it might only involve the lighting of a candle or even just the direction of the energy of thought.
[From: "The Real Witches' Year" by Kate West]

Creating a Talisnab for Household Security

   You will need to create a talisman for each of the entrances to your home. Make a circle of stiff golden-colored paper a couple of inches across. In the center, draw a picture of your home and around this draw images of all the people and animals living there with you. Your images don't have to be works of art, but should be recognizable to you. Take this into the Circle and empower it by passing it through the Elements. This gives it energy for its purpose.  Once you have done this, draw a circle in red ink around all the images, close to the outer edge of the paper. Turn the paper over and draw a pentagram on the reverse side, invoking the protection of the Goddess and the God as you do so. Once your Ritual is complete place the talismans over the entrances to your home. It used to be recommended that you bury them under the outside of the doorway, but these days there are few homes where this would be practical.
[From: "The Real Witches' Craft" by Kate West]

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