and open to Her Wisdom."
22nd Day of the 2nd Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Hesita
Lunar Tree Cycle of Luis/Rowan
6th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Nion/Ash
22nd Day of the Cycle of Keolwulf -
Days of the Old Ones
Moon Phase: Disseminating
Moon rises: 12:15AM EST
Moon sets: 9:48AM EST
Moon in the Fixed Water Sign
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The service
Sun in Pisces
Sunrise: 7:04AM EST
Sunset: 6:03PM EST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
memories do you most appreciate?"
Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter
of the Year
February 23rd, 2011
Woden's Day - Mercury Day - the Day of Communication and Connection .... there are minor magickal energies today for doing spells/rituals for 'clarity for decisions.'
Mental Clutter; Mental Clarity - A Sachet for Study
A powerful aspect of Mercury, besides communication, is study, intellect, and the mind. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, the two most mentally focused, analytical signs of the zodiac. This sachet spell is designed for people who are undergoing any type of study. For those in school, whether college, high school or another type of formal educational system, consistently performing magick to bring mental focus is a good thing to consider. It's easy for the mind to wander or become overwhelmed with an abundance of information. Utilizing magick can help adhere the mind of the practitioner to the studies at hand, encouraging a constant absorption and comprehension of information being presented.
This spellbag can be ideal for a person who is engaging in metaphysical studies. Whether in an occult school, training coven, or other type of structured esoteric program, one can reap particular benefits by creating a charm to aid in the progressive work. Occult information can seem daunting and even incomprehensible if a person is beginning a system of study into new information. Just as the Universe is infinite, the amount of wisdom we can attain if just as limitless. Crafting a bag such as this can help keep the mind focused and inspired, knowing that the endless road of knowledge is being embarked upon.
Discipline is an element of life that is often lacking in the West. Everybody's upbringing and experiences are different, and if you have come to feel a more disciplined approach to life and study would be beneficial. you may want to craft this bag to keep the inspiration and motivation flowing.
As with all things, there is always a balance. An extreme lack of discipline can create apathy and indifference to progression in life. This can lead to depression and feelings of worthlessness. An overabundance of discipline can lead to rigidity and over-seriousness, and even bitterness and elitism. Everybody responds differently to varying levels of study and devotion, and pushing the limits of the mind can invoke confidence and accomplishment. Life is change, life is progression. To buckle down and study - both regularly and constantly - is to take the path of personal evolution.
Before performing this spell, be sure that your intention is clear. For what reasons do you feel inclined to craft a spell for study? Are you embarking on a new 'odyssey of the mind?' Do you wish to hone skills you already possess? Are you afraid of failure? It's easy to become discouraged with learning and stop. The demon of looming failure is a powerful one, but one that mustn't be surrendered. Giving up only breeds more of the same. Courage can be cultivated by disproving your own doubt.
If you approach this spell with fear and anxiety, this energy will naturally absorb into the sachet. Instead, take a breath and realize that you have all the ability in the world to learn new information, assimilate it into your consciousness, and progress in life. If you feel you're not absorbing information that's around you, analyze the reasons. Does your mind wander too frequently? Do you really want to be learning the information you're being presented, or it is disinteresting? Consider other energetic elements you can add to the bag. If you are in medical school, maybe adding a folded diagram of the human body to the sachet would be beneficial. If you're studying Thelema, maybe 93 mustard seeds would be a good addition. As with all spells, craft them to your specific purpose and be creative.
* 1 candle each of the colors white, yellow and orange
* raw benzoin (or storax) incense resin
* a round incense burning charcoal disk and sand in a dish or censor
* 8 small squares of aluminum foil
* an orange permanent marker
* an orange drawstring sachet bag
* 1 stone each of cirtine, turquoise and moonstone
* 8 black-eyed peas (backeyed beans) or yellow-eyed beans
* any combination of the herbs caraway, cinnamon, clove, dill, eye-bright, gingko, jasmine, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint, thistle (milk or blessed), vervain and white horehound.
Notes: It's a good idea to keep this bag close to you as much as possible. If you take a book bag to school, stick it in there; if you do most of your work at home on the computer, place it nearby.
Procedure: Begin by casting a circle, calling the quarters, chanting or raising energy as you normally would, performing protective exercises, and altering your consciousness. Clear your mind, bring focus to your breath, and meditate for at least a few minutes. When ready, begin the spell.
Ignite the candles and benzoin incense. Once the incense if billowing, face the east. Raise your arms above you, close your eyes, and bellow:
"Spirits of study - hear me now!
Mercury and the Muses!
Those of thought, mind and intellect!
Spirits of Air and Will,
aid me in my working.
Venerated keepers of the mental plane,
assist in all my studies hereon forth."
Next add the stones. While adding the turquoise say: Mercury bear witness. Fill this bag, that it may radiate with knowledge ....."
Add the citrine, saying: "...through all my days...."
Add the moonstone, saying: "....and all my nights...."
Slowly add the 8 black-eyed peas one by one. While doing this, think about your studies. Imagine yourself understanding all of the information you're presented with and see yourself succeeding in your chosen area of study.
To top off the bag, add the mixture of herbs. When finished, tie the bag and hold it to the incense smoke. Say 8 times:
"Now enchanted, this charm is mine,
I carry wisdom through all time,
From the ears into the mind,
There is no knowledge I cannot find.
So Mote it Be!."
Thank Mercury and any other spirits present, and close the circle as you normally would.