Friday, November 30, 2012

Summers by the pool

Jamaican Hibisus drink

This popular Jamaican drink may be served with or without rum. Plan ahead for steeping time.

8 cups water
2 cups dried hibiscus blossoms (Find in Jamaican or Mexican markets; sometimes called sorrel blossoms)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup sugar, or to taste
Jamaican rum (optional)

In a 4 quart stainless steel or glass pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the hibiscus and ginger. Turn off the heat, then cover and steep for 4 hours. Strain and sweeten with sugar to taste. Chill and serve, or serve with good rum, the amount according to your taste.

Yield: 2 quarts

No bake peanut butter bars

Truly a great warm weather dessert as there is no baking

2 cups peanut butter,divided
3/4 cup(1 1/2 sticks of butter), sofened
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups (12 -ounce package) semi sweet chocolate chips, divided

Grease 13x9 inch baking pan
Beat 1 1/4 cup peanut butter and butter in large bowl until creamy
Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar.
With hands or wooden spoon,work remaining powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs and 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
Press evenly into prepared pan.
smooth top with spatula
Melt remaining peanut butter and remaining chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat stirring constantly,until smooth.
Spread over graham cracker crust in pan.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chocolate is firm;cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Fresh Sytrawberry pie

Fresh strawberries are one of summer’s sweetest treats. This beautiful, easy-to-make dessert displays sweet whole berries in a shiny fruit glaze inside a crisp crust

Single crust for a 9-inch pie
1 quart fresh strawberries
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 of a 3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fit the pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan and flute the edges. Bake the pie crust for about 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Wash and dry the strawberries. Hull them but leave the berries whole. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the water, sugar, gelatin, and cornstarch.
Cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes over medium heat, until the mixture thickens slightly. Set the saucepan aside so the mixture can cool.
Arrange the strawberries in the pie crust, beginning in the center with the largest berries and filling in with smaller berries as you move toward the edges. Fit berries in as you see fit so that the entire crust is covered with berries. Carefully pour the cooled gelatin mixture over the pie.
Cover the pie with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours.
You can vary the flavor of this pie by substituting raspberries or blueberries for some of the strawberries. You can also use a different flavor of gelatin. Cherry or raspberry also pick up the flavor of the berries.
This pie must be made at least a few hours in advance to give it time to chill, so it’s a good choice for a dessert for a special dinner as there is absolutely no last minute preparation. You can make the pie a day ahead and chill for up to 24 hours before serving.

Strawberry Dessert

This was one of my mothers favorite summer recipes. I took this as one of the dishes to "Summer Solstice 2009".

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, halved
1 (8 ounce) jar ready-to-use strawberry glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter, flour, and pecans in a bowl, and press into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake 10 to 15 minutes; do not allow to brown. Set aside until completely cool. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Blend in the whipped topping. Spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight. Top with strawberries and drizzle with glaze to serve.

Calypso grillled pineapple

When you are ready to throw these pineapple slices on the grill, let
everyone gather round while a good flame is going. When the rum hits the
fire it will flare-up, so keep your eyebrows out of range and let
everyone be awed by your grilling prowess as the flames shoot up as you
prepare this grilled dessert.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

1 pineapple cored and cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
Vanilla ice cream

Combine Worcestershire sauce, honey, butter, sugar and rum in a medium
saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer
for about 10 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and
allow to cool. Preheat and oil grill. Brush pineapple pieces with sauce
and place on grill. Cook for about 5 minutes turning occasionally.
Surface of the pineapple should brown. Remove from grill, top with ice
cream and remaining sauce.

Santa Fe Pasta Salad

1 16-ounce package bowtie pasta
4-5 quarts water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cooked yellow corn kernels
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper
1 chicken breast fillet, cooked and diced
1 1/4 cups V-8 juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Prepare the pasta by bringing 4-5 quarts of water to a rolling
boil in a large saucepan. Add pasta to the pan, and
when water
begins to boil again, cook for 8-11 minutes. Pasta should be
al dente, or mostly tender but with a slight toughness in the
middle. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a
small bowl. Cover and chill the dressing until you're ready to
use it. When pasta is done, pour it into a large bowl. Add the
dressing, then toss. Add the remaining ingredients to the
pasta, and toss until combined. Cover and chill for several
hours before serving.

Valentines day Bring on the lovin

Chocolate Strawberry for my Honey Drink
After dinner cocktails (or beverages of any kind, for that matter) are a nice way to end an evening of delicious food. It gives everyone a chance to relax and unwind. This drink is perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration, from the color to the name

1 oz Honey Simple Syrup (see directions below)
1 1/4 oz godiva liqueur
1 1/4 oz tequila rose

Mix in tin over ice. Strain into Martini glass. Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberry.
* (Honey Simple Syrup - mix 4 parts honey to 1 part water in a store 'n' pour or other convenient container)

Scott Cunninghams love spell and fruit salad

I just love Scott Cunningham's stuff!

[Warning! Note:] The love spell listed below is not something to laugh at.
Should you choose to use this spell to change someone's free will you will not only hurt the other person but yourself at least three times over. Do not use love spells lightly. They are powerful, incredibly potent magick. You would be wise only to use this spell with the permission of the one you love. Keep in mind the consequences of your actions.

Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love
you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.

Fruit Salad Ingredients:
1 cup Mango
1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
1 small jar Red Cherries
1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)

Spell Incantation:
"Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!"

Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while
visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.

(The above recipe for "Fruit Salad with Love Spell" is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii's
recipe in Scott Cunningham's book "The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells", page 243,
Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry Surprise

1 pt ripe strawberries
4 oz cream cheese
1 T sour cream
2 T confectioners sugar
1/2 t vanilla

Wash and thoroughly hull the strawberries to remove the center stem and create a cavity. Combine the remaining ingredients, whisking until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag and pipe filling into the strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Balsamic Strawberries

2 pts strawberries
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T sugar

Rinse, dry and hull the strawberries. Cut lengthwise into halves or quarters. Place berries and remaining ingredients in a serving bowl; toss gently to combine. Allow to macerate at room temperature for 30
minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve with dollops of whipped cream.

Strawberry Salsa

1 C chopped strawberries
1 T orange juice
1 t orange zest
1 finely chopped green onion
1 t coarse Dijon mustard
2 T red wine vinegar

Combine the ingredients in a small serving bowl; chill for 30 to 60 minutes.Yield: 1 1/2 cups. Serve as a garnish for grilled fish or chicken.

Strawberry Honey Butter

3/4 C softened butter
1/2 C minced strawberries
2 T honey
1 T lemon juice
1/4 t orange zest

Whisk to combine all the ingredients to a smooth consistency. Pack butter into a crock and cover tightly or transfer to a pastry bag to pipe into rosettes or wrap in waxed paper and roll into a log for slices.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 48 hours and bring to room
temperature before serving. Yield: 1 cup.

Quick Strawberry Jam

1 lb strawberries, hulled
2/3 C sugar
1 1/2 T lemon juice

In a large bowl, crush strawberries with your hands (or a potato masher); you should have 2 C of mashed berries.

Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a large, heavy skillet. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Simmer, stirring often, until the mixture thickens (about 20 to 30 minutes). Cool and transfer to a tightly sealed container; keeps up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Imbolc Recipes

Imbolc Salsa
This is one of Scott Cunningham's recipes

2 very large, very ripe Tomatoes
1 small Onion
1 to 2 canned Seranno Chilies
1 tablespoon Cilantro (fresh Coriander leaves),
Finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
A dash Sugar

Peel and finely chop the tomatoes. Finely chop the
Onion. Remove seeds from chili pepper(s) and finely
Chop. (WARNING Two will make this quite hot.) Place
The first four ingredients into a bowl, season to
Taste, and let sit, refrigerated, for several hours.
Serve cold with tortilla chips. (Serve with chili
[vegetarian or con carne], beans and rice.)

Imbolc Milk And Honey rice pudding

3 eggs beaten gently
1c milk
½ c sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 c cooked rice

Equal Parts Sweetened Condensed Milk and Honey
Cinnamon (optional)

In a mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, condensed milk, honey and vanilla. Beat gently by hand until honey is dissolved. Stir in rice. Pour into a 1.5 quart baking dish. Place the baking dish into a larger baking dish and put 1 inch of hot water into the outer dish.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out
clean. Remove immediately from the hot water bath. Set aside while you make the sauce.

In a glass bowl mix equal parts condensed milk and honey. Heat in the microwave in 10 second intervals and stir until well mixed. Stir in cinnamon to taste. Drizzle over individual servings of warm pudding.

~ Imbolc Seven Day Ritual ~

~ Imbolc Seven Day Ritual ~

You will need:

Seven White Candles
Candle Holders
7 pieces of paper and a pen

Prepare your altar and place the seven white candles in a circle around
your pentagram (or centrally if you do not have one). Next, on a piece of the
paper, write a review of the past year - the good, the bad and the ugly!

On the Eve of Imbolg, at Sundown, take the first candle, the one that is
in the Eastern Quarter and hold it for a few minutes while you visualize
your past year. Now place it into the holder and light it, watching the flame
for a few minutes. Next, burn the review you have made while focusing
upon any new plans you have and visualizing leaving behind past mistakes.

On Imbolg, write an outline of six projects or/and wishes that you have
for the new year and roll each up like a scroll. Place these upon the altar
and each day when you rise, light another candle (holding and blending
your energy with its own first) moving in a clockwise rotation. Burn the
corresponding paper when you go to bed and focus upon the wish you have

Learning of Past Lives Charm ~

To help you get a clearer view of your past lives, cast this spell on
the day of a New Moon. Repeat it once each week for a month.

Take a small white onion and soak it in a bowl of mineral water for
half an hour. Then dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Meditate for a few minutes while you hold the onion in your hands.
Peel off the first and second layer while repeating:

"Memories of the distant past, Come forward into the light."

Place the layers you have peeled off into a plastic bag. Put that
under your bed and keep the rest of the onion in the fridge to use next time.

author unknown

Dream Magick Through Tea

Would you like to see the future?

Do so in your dreams with the help of a rose.

Make tea by seeping ORGANIC ROSE PETALS with boiling water.

Drain tea .

Drink tea before going to sleep.

Make sure you write down your dreams as soon as you wake up.

Celtic Evocations be Charles Arnold


White clad Mother, holder of the cauldron, giver of birth
Your children call unto You to join them
We seek Your guidance, Your knowledge, Your love
We call unto You to join us.

Mother, bringer of life and pain, joy and grief
show us Your way' hold us in Your hands
before time, beyond time
with love, with awe, with honor and with acceptance
we welcome Your presence among us this night.


Grey clad father, releaser of the pack, returner of souls
Your children call unto You to join them.
We seek Your strength, Your sight, Your justice
we all unto You to join us.

Father, reliever of life and pain, joy and grief
show us Your way, hold us in Your hands
before time, beyond time
with love, with awe, with honor and with acceptance
we welcome Your presence among us this night.

Grave Yard Magick

alternatives to grave yard dirt

Valerian, patchouli, and mullein all bear the nickname "graveyard dust" and
I know for a fact that Valerian smells like something rotten. LOL. Grind and
powder the botanicals and use them where graveyard dust or dirt is indicated
in the spell.

For black salt she says that taking the scrapings from an iron pan or pot or
cauldron. You know the old heavy black frying pan that granny used that
would be considered the type of pan that you would take a scraping from.
Then blend it with sea salt or Kosher salt.

These are things that can be purchased without too much problems or grown in
your garden. Much easier than trying to buy them from someone that you don't

Crystal cleansing and charging

Charging your crystals is in some ways the opposite of clearing
them. When you clear a crystal you are removing any unwanted

For example, when you first get a crystal you may want to clear it of
any energy it picked up on its way to you. If you've been doing a lot
of emotional healing and releasing with your crystals you'll also
want to clear them because crystals may absorb the energy you've

Crystals should be periodically cleared even if you haven't been
using them for meditation or healing work, if only because they do
get dusty. (This is sometimes called cleaning).

See the article on clearing crystals at for more information on this.

When you charge crystals you're basically giving them the chance to
refresh their ability to focus and expand their energy. There are
several reasons to do this.

1. Sometimes after you've cleared a crystal its energy may seem a
little dull or flat.

2. A crystal which hasn't been worked with for a while may also feel
this way.

3. If you notice that a crystal has become cloudy you may want to
both clear and activate it.

4. If you want to program a crystal for a special purpose, before you
program it you may want to activate its energy for that purpose.

Charging Methods

1. Place crystals in the reflected light of Austrian crystals, i.e.,
where the rainbows from such crystals fall. (Note: Austrian crystals
are leaded glass, hence human-made crystals). The crystals can remain
in place for as long as the Austrian crystals are reflecting sunlight.

2. Place crystals on a quartz cluster. Quartz amplifies the energy of
any crystal with which it is in contact.

3. Crystals can also be activated with sound.

* Put a crystal near a single-note chime and strike the chime gently
several times. This has a harmonizing effect on the crystal.

* If you like to chant and make it a regular practice do so in the
presence of your crystals, especially if you want to use them as part
of your meditational practice.

4. Your thoughts can have an activating or de-activating effect on
crystals. If your thoughts have been gloomy and you've also been
noticing that your crystals have gotten cloudy or dull, you'll
realize that they've been absorbing your negativity. In this case do
not delay in clearing them thoroughly.

To activate crystals with your thoughts you could hold them in your
hands and visualize them bathed in light and love. You can also tell
them (either silently or aloud) how much you appreciate them. They
may not understand the words (and, then again, they may), but your
intention will be clearly transmitted.

Reiki Charging

If you are a Reiki I practitioner you can charge your crystals with
Reiki energy by holding them in your hands and activating this energy
within you in whatever ways your Reiki Master may have taught you how
to do this. One method is to say "Reiki on." Another is to give
yourself or someone else a Reiki treatment before charging your

If you are a Reiki II practitioner you can draw the symbols over your

* For simple charging you can draw the energy symbol over a crystal.

* When I want to use a crystal to help clear up some mental and/or
emotional confusion I hold it in one hand and draw the
mental/emotional balance symbol over it.

* When I plan to program a crystal for a goal I draw the distant
healing symbol over it, and sometimes the others afterwards.

* I have experienced that the master attunement symbol on the other
symbols to that of a quartz crystal on other crystals. Thus, you can
activate the symbols (and your crystals) with this symbol if you're a
Reiki Master.

Special-Purpose Activation

You may want to charge the land you live on with crystalline energy
by burying crystals in the earth. (Be sure you note or write down
where you buried them. A map would be a good idea.)

Some people like to program crystals, then bury them in their gardens
to help in an abundant crop. If you'd like to charge your crystals in
preparation for this you can bury them in dried flowers. (If you are
using potpourri make sure that it isn't artificially scented.)

At any time of year (providing the ground isn't frozen) you can bury
one near a tree. This could either be a tree which is your favorite,
or one associated with a particular positive value.

Oaks symbolize strength, junipers purification, and pine trees in a
number of cultures are associated with healing.

You can also get particular results when you place a crystal in
sunlight. This is one of the most powerful ways to charge your
crystal with active energy, i.e., energy which will help you to
manifest what you want.

This is useful if you want to create an increase in some area of your
life, such as increased vitality, income, love. Put the crystal out
in the sun, then program it for your intention.

There are particular times in the solar cycle which have special
energies. The fall equinox is associated with harvest, and you might
want to charge a crystal at this time for the fulfillment of your
dreams. The spring equinox relates to growth.

In general, moonlight has two phases, waxing and waning, and two
other times of significance: the full moon and the dark of the moon.
The energy of the waxing moon relates to new beginnings. The full
moon corresponds to abundance in all areas of life. The waning moon
connects to decrease (decrease of an illness, of debt, of
negativity); while a crystal charged in the dark of the moon would be
helpful for meditation or any other kind of inner work.

Crystals and Pyramids

Pyramids generate negative ions. In addition, they are believed to
have a generally balancing effect on the electromagnetic field of the
body. This effect is enhanced by the particular materials used, such
as pure 24K gold and copper.

Pyramids are often used to charge crystals. This is a popular use for
pyramids. It is generally believed that quartz crystals are most
effective for this use, as they may hold the charge for several
weeks. These crystals can then be used for healing purposes or for
Pyramid charging, however, is good for any crystal which seems to
need it. 



What is a Hedgewitch?

A “Hedge witch” (or more often “Hedgewitch”) is someone who does solitary magic focused on nature and its aspects. Hedgecraft is possibly based on traditional European witchcraft, though it is more likely to be a more modern tradition. There is some dispute about the history of Hedgecraft, as with nearly all magical traditions. In general, however, Hedgecraft is believed to be based loosely on the ancient practices of folk healers, herbalists, and wise women/men, as well as the traditions of herbalism and shamanic practices. A Hedgewitch, as well as working with herbs and plants, frequently travels into the spiritual world, functioning as seer, guide to spirits, and healer.

There are no specific gods or goddesses that Hedgewitches worship, though some books, such as Rae Beth’s “Hedge Witch – a guide to Solitary Witchcraft” says that Hedgewitches worship the Triple Goddess and Horned God, as Wiccans do. There are many similarities between Hedgecraft and Wicca, including the emphasis on nature and healing, but Hedgecraft is more solitary and less rigidly structured than Wicca. Hedgewitches do not have covens or initiations, as Wiccans do. Hedgewitches do not use the same tools as Wiccans, nor do they have ceremonies. And it is important to note that while some Wiccans may be Hedgewitchs, not all Hedgewitchs are Wiccans.

Likewise, some Hedgewitches do not even consider themselves to be witches in the traditional sense, preferring to be called something else, like wisewoman or herbalist. Hegdewitchs are also known as Hedge-Riders, Night Travelers, Myrk-Riders, Gandreidh and Walkers on the Wind. A possible history behind the name “Hedgewitch” is that a hedge was a physical barrier between a village and the wild forest; it represented the boundary between worlds. A Hedgewitch, then, is someone who passes between one world and the next, riding the line between them. Some related traditions are Green witchcraft and Hearth witchcraft, which also focus on nature and using herbs and plants for magical doings.

Hedgecraft & Herbalism

These two Ancient healing arts compliment each other, both in methodology and orgin. They both rely on nature, specifically plants and sound vibrations for healing. In ancient times individuals that practiced Hedgecraft and Herbalism were revered, and often sought after for medical, and spiritual relief. Names given to such a practicioner would be Shaman, Medicine Man, Mystic Healer, Witch, Wizard, and/or Wise Man/Woman. One who practices Hedgecraft today is known as a Hedgewitch, and one who practices Herbalism is called an Herbalist.
Hedge is often thought of as the ‘edge’ or border of something, which is proper for the practice, due to the fact that the “Hedger” will be using eclectic means to heal, which are beyond the normal boundaries of western medicine. For instance one of the methods of the Hedgewitch would be a constant drumming that induces altered states that are required for the healing, which can sometimes open the door as to speak to other realms or possibilities beyond the Hedge or borderline of reality, which is known as “crossing the Hedge.” This type of magical healing also has an earth based center through Herbalism, Which is another reason why they both compliment each other. The shaman based Hedgecraft can take you to new heights spiritually and renew life force energy.
Herbalism can help cleanse your bodies system and help ground you in preparation, during, and after a Hedgewitch has worked on you. Guided by the spirits of nature most Hedgewitches choose to use Herbalism in their practice, but not all will choose that path. Others choose to use mostly energy and symbols such as used in Reiki. The adept Hedgewitch would probably agree that Herbalism is essential to energy practice, and the Hedger choosing against it, is definitely missing out. Plants in their own rite have been of use to mankind in the healing arts. A good Hedger will know plants so well they can spot a species in the wild. Sadly today there is a stigma on the word “witch” so there are not many men involved in the movement. Some things die hard, yet we have come a long way from burning witches at the stake!

Moon Magick Teas


Many mystical and magical uses have been found for the thirteen trees
which symbolize the months of the Celtic lunar year, and it is likely,
considering the popularity of Celtic Paganism, that many more will be

However you choose to observe the lunar months, it can be helpful to
first imbibe a magical brew designed to attune your body and spirit to the

Following are the recipes for thirteen teas which will accomplish just

The measurements given are approximate, and for making one eight-ouncemug
full you should use no more than a single heaping teaspoon of dry herbs
placed inside a tea ball or cheesecloth strainer. All liquid measurements
should be added to taste. Allow the tea to steep at least two minutes,
longer if you prefer a stronger flavor. As always, when ingesting untried
substances, be sure to test for any allergic reactions first, and
remember that no herbal preparation should ever be taken over the long term
without consulting an expert pharmacologist or botanist.

Though very few of the recipes actually contain any part of the trees to
which they are attributed, they work quite well because their ingredients
rely on using herbs and juices which share magical affinities with the
properties of the tree. These properties are listed after the name of
each tree so that, if you choose to, you can make substitutions based upon
this knowledge.

Depending upon the particular Celtic tradition you follow, the lunar year starts with either the first new moon closest to Samhain or the one just before Yule.

> > Matters of beginnings and children; purification.
> > 3 parts ginger
> > 1 part lemongrass
> > Pinch of dill
> > Splash of lemon juice

> > Empowerment, clairvoyance, air magic, exorcism.
> > 1 part valerian root
> > 3 parts peppermint
> > Pinch of eyebright
> > Pinch of ginger

Valerian is a powerful sedative that affects each person differently. You
may wish to use a very small amount of this herb
at first to determine how it affects your body chemistry

> > Matters of the intellect; magic, healing.
> > 2 parts angelica
> > 1/2 part sage
> > 1/2 part black cohosh
> > Pinch of rosemary

> > Spirituality, wholeness of being.
> > 1 part linden
> > 1 part hibiscus
> > 2 tablespoons of cream or milk
> > Splash of cranberry juice

> > Matters of the Otherworld; healing, love, water magic, feminine
> > 2 parts willow bark
> > 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
> > 1/2 part dried apples or a splash of apple juice
> > Pinch of rosemary

> > Peace, sleep, dreams, prosperity, happiness.
> > 1 part hawthorn
> > 1 part catnip
> > 1/2 part rue
> > 1/2 part chamomile

> > Lust, strength, energy, endurance, fertility, fire magic, male mysteries
> > 1 1/2 parts white oak bark
> > 1/2 part mint
> > 1/2 part orange peel
> > Pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg

> > Matters of animals; magic, prophecy.
> > 1 part kelp
> > 1/2 part rose petals
> > 1/2 part raspberry
> > Pinch of yarrow

> > Manifestations, protection, healing, fertility.
> > 2 parts ginseng
> > 1/2 part mugwort
> > Pinch of savory
> > Splash of any noncitrus juice

> > Earth magic, sex magic, overcoming difficulties.
> > 1 part blackberry
> > 1 part dandelion
> > Splash of currant wine or grape juice
> > Pinch of hibiscus

> > Healing, cooperation, binding.
> > 1 part mullein
> > 1/4 part eucalyptus
> > 1/2 part barberry

> > Fertility, love, protection.
> > 1 part red clover
> > 1 part hyssop
> > 1 part boneset
> > Pinch of slippery elm

> > Exorcism, prosperity, astral travel, finding faeries.
> > 1 part ginko
> > 1 part mugwort
> > 1 part valerian -- (see note under Rowan Moon)
> > 1 part spearmint
> > Pinch of anise (may substitute extract)
> > Pinch of allspice

Waning Moon

Waning Moon
Waning Moon means the moon is decreasing in size, moving from the Full Moon towards the New Moon. This is a time for spells that banish, release, reverse. This is a time to break bad habits or bad addictions, to end bad relationships. This is a time of deep intuition and a time for divination.

At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Crone Aspect, give praise to Hecate, Morrigan or one of the other Crone Goddesses. The period of the waning moon lasts about 14 days.

Waning Gibbous /Disseminating Moon
"Moon of Retribution"
Location: Moon is 225 - 270 degrees ahead of the Sun

Three and a half to seven days after the Full Moon. The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

Positive Attributes:
This is the Moon of the Earth Mothers. Demeter, Ceres, Korte, Danu (Anu), and Bast. What work has been done is now gathered in and the crop offered as a sacrifice to the Mother who gave it to us in the first place. Time to harvest and time to begin renewal. A time to review endeavors and correct mistakes. Settle disputes and make amends.

A time to review endeavors and correct mistakes. Settle disputes and make amends. A time to start taking things apart. Addictions; Divorce; Stress; Unnecessary negativity; Bad or unwanted Habits; Decision making; Emotions; Protection; Unwanted influences; Unwanted situations; Healing, banishing what shouldn’t be there; Old ways of thinking and doing things. Goals: Start work on removing obstacles. Give thanks for what has been achieved. Relates to the Harvest of the Grown Plant.

The time of the waxing Moon is in many traditions concerned more with mundane outer matters, whereas the period of the waning Moon deals with subconscious enlightenment leading to the clarification of conscious values. The waxing Moon brings instinctual growth. The waning Moon brings a conscious process of creative release.

Last Quarter / Waning Crescent Moon

"Moon of Harvest"
Location: Moon is 270 - 315 degrees ahead of the Sun Span: Seven to ten and a half days after the Full Moon. Positive activities: Release of any negativity, not just banishing it but consciously letting go of it . Continuing any banishing done during the last phase.

Continue work from last phase. Good time to concentrate on removal of self from situations, relationships, and habits. Relates to the Storing of the Harvested Plant. A time to rid oneself of everything that is causing obstruction, to get rid of anything (or one) you know longer need. Good time for hair cuts to slow growth, dye hair, pluck eyebrows (wax ...)Time for self-analysis, rest an recuperation, meditation and readying oneself for the energies of the New Moon. The third quarter, Full Moon through Last Quarter, ideally brings illumination to the influences of the entire lunar cycle. The fourth quarter, called the "Last Quarter," is from the Moon square Sun aspect through the next New Moon. It can bring a crisis in consciousness. This cycle's experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth.

Moon Names for a Full Year

Each full moon has its own name and unique seasonal aspects associated with the wheel of the year, and is celebrated in the esbat ritual. The name given to each moon applies to the whole cycle of the moon, from its dark beginning to its dark ending. With so many moon names for each month to pick from, it can be hard to decide what to call each month’s moon. I use the following names given below, chosen to link that moon to its season.

January : Ice Moon.
February : Snow Moon.
March : Plough Moon.
April : Seed Moon.
May : Flower Moon.
June : Meadow Moon.
July : Hay Moon.
August : Corn Moon.
September : Harvest Moon.
October : Leaf Moon.
November : Frost Moon.
December : Night Moon.

January Moon names

Man Moon (Taos).
Joyful Moon (Hopi).
Avunniviayuk (Inuit).
Quite Moon (Celtic).
Ice Moon (San Juan).
Cold Moon (Cheokee).
Ice Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Flying Ant Moon(Apache).
Big Cold Moon (Mohawk).
Cooking Moon (Choctaw).
Strong Cold Moon (Sioux).
Little Winter Moon (Creek).
Her Cold Moon (Wishram).
Cold Meal Moon (Natchez).
Moon After Yule (Cherokee).
Wolf Moon (Medieval English).
Strong Cold Moon (Cheyenne).
Quiet : Dark, Wolf : Full (Janic).
Great Spirit Moon (Anishnaabe).
Whirling Wind Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Winter Moon, Yule Moon (Algonquin).

Other moon names : Storm Moon, Snow Moon, Disting Moon, Chaste Moon.

February Moon names

Ice (Celtic).
Old Moon (Cree).
Gray Moon (Pima).
Wind Moon (Creek).
Winter Moon (Taos).
Nuts Moon (Natchez).
Avunnivik Moon (Inuit).
Geese Moon (Omaha).
Bony Moon (Cherokee).
Purification Moon (Hopi).
Little bud Moon (Kiowa).
Snow Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Lateness Moon (Mohawk).
Shoulder Moon (Wishram).
Rabbit Moon (Potawatomi).
Sucker Moon (Anishnaabe).
Long Dry Moon (Assiniboine).
Little Famine Moon (Choctaw).
Storm Moon (Medieval English).
Sparkling Frost Moon (Arapaho).
Running Fish Moon (Winnebago).
Coyote Frighten Moon (San Juan).
Spruce Tips Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Raccoon Moon, Trees Pop Moon (Sioux).
Hunger Moon : Dark, Storm Moon : Full (Janic).
Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Trapper’s Moon (Algonquin).

Other moon names : Wolf Moon, Wild Moon, Quickening Moon, Solmonath Moon, Chaste Moon, Horning Moon, Red Moon, Big Winter Moon, Cleansing Moon.

March Moon names

Rain (Diegueno).
Bud Moon (Kiowa).
Eagle Moon (Cree).
Green Moon (Pima).
Deer Moon (Natchez).
Moon of Winds (Celtic).
Lizard Moon (San Juan).
Death Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Wind Strong Moon (Taos).
Amaolikkervik Moon(Inuit).
Little Frog Moon (Omaha).
Little Spring Moon (Creek).
Crane Moon (Potawatomi).
Long Days moon (Wishram).
Big Famine Moon (Choctaw).
Moose Hunter Moon (Abenali).
Whispering Wind Moon (Hopi).
Little Spring Moon (Muscokee).
Fish Moon (Colonial American).
Snow Sore Eyes Moon(Dakota).
Catching Fish Moon (Agonquin).
Snow Crust Moon (Anishnaabe).
Spring Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Much Lateness Moon (Mohawk).
Chaste Moon (Medieval English).
Buffalo Calve moon (Arapaho, Sioux).
Seed (Dark Janic), Plow Moon (Full Janic).
Strawberry, Windy Moon, Lenten Moon (Cherokee).
Worm Moon, Sugar Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon. (Algonquin).

April Moon names

April Moon names

Leaf Moon (Kiowa).
Yellow Moon (Pima).
Flowers Moon (Pomo).
Growing Moon (Celtic).
Flower, Egg (Cherokee).
Frog Moon (Assiniboine).
(Full Janic), (Dark Janic).
Big Spring Moon (Creek).
Wildcat Moon (Choctaw).
Budding Moon (Mohawk).
Wind Breaks Moon (Hopi).
Leaf Split Moon (San Juan).
Big Leaves Moon (Apache).
Strawberry Moon (Natchez).
Ice Breaking Moon (Arapaho).
Geese Return Moon (Dakota).
Indian Corn Moon (Agonquin).
Green Grass moon (Sioux).
Geese Egg Moon (Cheyenne).
Sugar Maker Moon (Abernaki).
Awakening Moon (Neo Pagan).
Seed Moon (Medieval English).
Spring Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Corn Planting Moon (Winnebago).
Planter’s Moon (Colonial American).
Ashes Moon (Taos Native American).
Broken Snow Shoe Moon (Anishnaabe).
Big Spring Moon, Gray Goose Moon (Cree).
Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Planter’s Moon, Pink Moon, Fish Moon. (Algonquin).

Other Moon names : Grass, Red Grass Moon, Hare Moon, Ostarmanoth (Eostre Moon)

May Moon names

Frog Moon (Cree).
Ponies shed (Sioux).
Bright moon (Celtic).
Waiting Moon (Hopi).
Mulberry Moon (Greek).
Ninth Moon (Wishram).
Idle Moon (Assiniboine).
Big Leaf Moon (Mohawk).
Panther Moon (Choctaw).
Grass Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Planting Moon (Cherokee).
Corn Planting Moon (Taos).
Little Corn Moon (Natchez).
Green Leaf Moon (Apache).
Corn Weed Moon(Agonquin).
Field Maker Moon (Abernaki).
Blossom Moon (Anishnaabe).
Shaggy Hair Moon (Arapaho).
Green Leaves Moon (Dakota).
Fat Horses Moon (Cheyenne).
Leaf Tender Moon (San Juan).
Hare Moon (Medieval English).
Milk Moon (Colonial American).
Strawberry Moon (Potawatomi).
Hoeing Corn Moon (Winnebago).
Alewive Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Ninth Moon (Dark Janic), Mothers Moon (Full Janic).
Flower Moon, Corn Plant Moon, Milk Moon (Algonquin).

Other Moon names : Frogs Return Moon, Sproutkale Moon, Dyad Moon, Merry Moon, Joy Moon

June Moon names

Leaves Moon (Cree).
Horses’ Moon (Celtic).
Ripe Berries (Dakota).
Hoer moon (Abernaki).
Lotus Moon (Chinese).
Windy Moon (Choctaw).
Summer moon (Kiowa).
Buffalo Moon (Omaha).
Leaf Moon (Assiniboine).
Corn Tassel Moon(Taos).
Blackberry moon (Greek).
Green grass Moon(Sioux).
Ripening Moon (Mohawk).
Turtle Moon (Potawatomi).
Making fat Moon (Lakota).
Hot weather moon (Ponca).
Leaf Dark Moon (San Juan).
Major Planting Moon (Hopi).
Planting Moon (Neo Pagan).
Fish Spoils Moon (Wishram).
Water melon Moon (Natchez).
Hot Weather moon (Arapaho).
Dyad Moon (Medieval English).
Strawberry Moon (Anishnaabe).
Dark green leaves Moon (Pueblo).
Summer Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Green Corn Moon, Flower Moon (Cherokee).
Mead Moon (Full Janic), Strawberry moon (Dark Janic).
Honey Moon, Hot Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon (Algonquin).

Other Moon names : Hay Moon, Aerra Litha Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Lovers’ Moon

July Moon names

Raptor Moon (Hopi).
Smoky Moon (Maidu).
Ripe Moon (San Juan).
Crane Moon (Choctaw).
Claiming Moon (Celtic).
Rose Moon (Neo Pagan).
Peaches Moon (Natchez).
Ducks Moult Moon (Cree).
Ripening Moon (Mohawk).
Grass Cutter Moon (Abernaki).
Buffalo Bellow Moon (Omaha).
Hungry Ghost Moon (Chinese).
Ripe Squash Moon (Agonquin).
Raspberry Moon (Anishnaabe).
Salmon River moon (Wishram).
Mead Moon (Medieval English).
Middle Summer Moon (Ponca).
Middle Summer Moon (Dakota).
Red Berries moon (Assiniboine).
Young Corn Moon (Potawatomi).
Buffalo Bellows Moon (Arapaho).
Wild Red Cherries Moon (Sioux).
Corn Popping moon (Winnebago).
Ripening Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Horse Moon, Ripe Moon (Apache).
Summer Moon (Colonial American).
Dropping Deer Horns Moon (Kiowa).
Ripe Corn Moon, Hay Moon (Cherokee).
Sun House Moon (Taos Native American).
Claiming moon (Full Janic), Blessing Moon (Dark Janic).
Little Harvest Moon, Blackberry Moon, Little Ripening Moon (Creek).
Hay Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Summer Moon (Algonquin).

Other Moon names : Grain Moon, Meadow Moon, Blood Moon, Wort Moon, Blessing Moon, Fallow Moon

August Moon names

Joyful Moon (Hopi).
First Acorns (Pomo).
Ripen moon (Dakota).
Dispute Moon (Celtic).
Cutter Moon (Abernaki).
Dog Days moon (Yuchi).
Corn Silk Moon (Ponca).
Harvest Moon (Chinese).
Berry Moon (Anishnaabe).
Women's Moon (Choctaw).
Mulberries Moon (Natchez).
Middle moon (Potawatomi).
Freshness Moon (Mohawk).
Yelow flower moon (Osage).
Blackberry Moon (Wishram).
Acorns Ripen Moon (Maidu).
Wheat Cut Moon (San Juan).
Lightning Moon (Neo Pagan).
Black Cherries Moon (Sioux).
Yellow Leaves moon (Kiowa).
Edible Corn Moon (Agonquin).
Young Ducks Fly Moon (Cree).
Lightening Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Black Cherries Moon (Assiniboine).
Dog Day's Moon (Colonial American).
Autumn Moon (Taos Native American).
Corn Moon, Wort Moon (Medieval English).
Geese Shedding Feathers Moon (Arapaho).
Feather Shedding Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Dispute Moon (Full Janic), Harvest Moon (Dark Janic).
Big Harvest moon, Heat Moon, Big Rippening Moon (Creek).
Fruit Moon, Drying Moon, Last Fruit Moon, Grain Moon (Cherokee).
Red Moon, Wood Cutter’s Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Dog Days Moon (Algonquin).

Other Moon names : Wyrt, Barley Moon

September Moon names

Soaproot (Pomo).
Corn Moon (Pueblo).
Harvest moon (Hopi).
Singing Moon (Celtic).
Leaf fall Moon (Kiowa).
Ripe Moon (San Juan).
Maize Moon (Natchez).
Acorns Moon (Wishram).
Rice Moon (Anishnaabe).
Hay Cutting Moon (Yuchi).
Mulberry Moon (Choctaw).
Deer Paw Moon (Omaha).
Snow Goose Moon (Cree).
Freshness Moon (Mohawk).
Harvest Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Harvest (Colonial American).
Little Chestnut Moon (Creek).
Corn Maker Moon (Abernaki).
Drying Grass Moon (Arapaho).
Yellow Leaf Moon (Assiniboine).
Drying Grass Moon (Cheyenne).
Autumn Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Barley Moon (Mediaeval English).
Calves Hair Growth Moon (Dakota).
Yellow Leaf Moon(Taos Native American).
Nut Moon, Black Butterfly Moon (Cherokee).
Drying Grass Moon, Black Calve Moon, fScarlet Plum Moon (Sioux).
Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin).

Other moon names : Wine moon, Blood Moon, Sturgeon Moon

October Moon names

Tugluvik (Inuit).
Kentenha (Mohawk).
Long Hair Moon (Hopi)
Ten Colds Moon (Kiowa).
Falling Leaves Moon (Arapaho).
Corn Ripe Moon (Taos Native American).
Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Leaf Fall Moon (San Juan Native American).
Blood Moon, Wine Moon (Mediaeval English).
Blood Moon Falling :Full, Leaf Moon :Dark (Janic).
Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon, Full Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other Moon names : Spirit Moon, Snow Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, White Frost moon

November Moon names

Itartoryuk Moon (Inuit).
Tree Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Poverty Moon (Mohawk).
Trading Moon (Cherokee).
Geese Going Moon (Kiowa).
Falling Leaves moon (Sioux).
Fledgling Raptor Moon (Hopi).
Deer Ruting Moon (Cheyenne).
Freezing River Moon(Arapaho).
Snow Moon (Mediaeval English).
Mourning Moon : Full, Dead : Dark (Janic).
Corn Harvest Moon (Taos Native American).
Snowy Morning Mountains Moon (Wishram).
All Gathered Moon (San Juan Native American).
Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other moon names : Fog Moon, Deer Antler Shedding moon, Oak moon, Mad moon, Storm moon, Dark moon.

December Moon names

Kaitvitjuitk (Inuit).
Cold Moon (Celtic).
Night Moon (Taos).
Respect Moon (Hopi).
Bitter Moon (Chinese).
Peach Moon (Choctaw).
Twelfth Moon (Dakotah).
Big Winter Moon (Creek).
Real Goose Moon (Kiowa).
Cold Time Moon (Mohawk).
Ashes Fire Moon (San Juan).
Oak Moon (Medieval English).
Big Bear’s Moon (Winnebago).
Long Night Moon (Neo-Pagan).
Popping Trees Moon (Arapaho).
Running Wolves Moon (Cheyenne).
Frost Fish Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon (Algonquin).
Snow Moon, Before Yule Moon (Cherokee).
Oak Moon : Full, : Snow Moon Dark (Janic).
Popping Tress Moon, Deer Horn Shedding Moon (Sioux).

Other moon names : Wolf Moon, Turning Moon, Heavy Snow Moon, Aerra Geola, Under Burn Moon, Big Winter Moon, Winter Maker Moon, Yellow Leaves Moon, Little Finger Moon, Mid-Winter Moon, Wintermonat, Small Spirits Moon.

The Witch's Psalm


The Goddess is my Mother, I shall not have need.
She asks that I lie down in moon light pastures;
She leads me to the twilight's gleam. She restores my soul.
The God guides my path of self knowledge in the All's ever glowing knowledge.

Yea though I will walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I Fear not the crone for she comforts and guides me to my new home.
I fear no evil, for evil is only misunderstood energy.

The Goddess's Wand and broom guide me every step I take.
She prepares a table for me, next to her.
My enemies are only misunderstood friends, I should not fear.
I will anoint my forehead with blessed oil, for I am kissed there by the Goddess.

My life truly overflows with love,
because I understand religion is in your heart, not in a temple.
Surely Goodness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I dwell in the forest of the Lord and Lady.


If you have been suffering from a series of mishaps or bad luck,
There are things you can do to turn it around. The first thing I advise is
To clean the cobwebs out - literally! Clean up your room, your office
Space, your whole house if you can. Do as much of the following as you
Can, Get rid of clutter. It develops an atmosphere of stagnation and
prevents Movement, both literally and symbolically.

Visualize yourself Turning out all the unwanted energies from
Your life, ridding yourself of negativity and doubt and fear. Open up all
Your windows (and doors, if possible). It's best to do this on a sunny day

Naturally. Throw them wide open to receive the cleansing and blessings of
The sun and wind.

Wash down as many washable surface areas as you can with some
Kind of liquid on which a blessing has been performed.

You can use an Elaborate ritual blessing or something quick like 'Lady and Lord, bless
this water For purification, protection and love.'

Suggestions: water in which some chopped-up lemons have been
Steeped overnight, or rosemary infusion; either one smells good as well
As adding a nice protective touch.

Next, cleanse the area with a purifying incense; you can use a
Blend, or one of the following alone: cedar, frankincense, copal, gum
Arabic. If you can't stand the smell of incense, use an essential oil
burner, Carried on a tray or in a baking dish to guard your hands.

Use purifying and protective oils; I like a few drops each of
Sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh, and a drop of lemon.
Walk through the entire area, holding the incense/burner up so
That its fragrance penetrates every corner. I sometimes like to sprinkle
Blessed salt water about, and to set white candles burning merrily in every

Room (do this *after* closing the doors and windows!).
You can add a chant while sprinkling/fumigating/ lighting; I
Like 'Banished be, negativity!' ; it's short but to the point. Finally, when

The area smells all clean and holy, looks clean and is blazing with light,
sit Down and enjoy. Eat something, preferably something bready; you'll need it
After all that work, and it'll help ground you in your newly cleansed
Once all this is over and you've recovered from the work, cast a few

Kitchen Magick ~ Pantry Purge

Pantry Purge
Color: Turquoise
Incense: Mulberry

Hestia and Rosemerta are my patrons of home, hearth, and cupboard. A
well-stocked larder is a tribute to them and a way to feel secure and

Unfortunately, we often leave things in our pantries that are stale and out-of-date.

This encourages the accumulation of stagnant energy, which ripples out to affect other areas of our lives.

Light a flowery or citrusy candle or incense.

Play energizing music.

Open your cupboards.

Take everything out.

Wipe the shelves down with baking soda and vinegar and dry thoroughly.

Change the shelf paper.

As you return items to the shelves, make sure you only put back things that are still
fresh and things you will use.

Items that are still edible but no longer part of your lifestyle can be donated to a local food bank.

Items that are outdated should be thrown out.

You'll be amazed at how many obstacles in your life disappear with the cupboard rubble!

Black Candle to Channel Sorrow

Color: Coral
Incense: Cypress

Today's Moon is in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Saturnine energy
is attuned to darker emotional energies, sorrow in particular.

If you feel yourself overwhelmed with sorrow, take some time to calm down,
reflect on the situation, and ground and center your energy.

Bring to mind the things that influenced you to become overwrought with sadness,
and meditate on ways that the situation(s) can be alleviated.

When you have successfully separated, to some degree, from the darker emotions
you are experiencing— which may take a long time to do, depending on
the situation—light a black candle.

Cupping your hands around the flame, feel your sadness entering the candle and transforming through the alchemical fire.

Continue this visualization for some time.

When done, stash the candle in aluminum foil for future use, or let it burn
down to the end.

This spell is one way to align and balance your energy
when you are feeling overwhelmed with heavy, dark emotions

Numberology Basics

Numerology uses numbers to describe a person's character and predict the future. The theory behind numerology is based on the Pythagorean idea that all things can be expressed in numerical terms because they are ultimately reducible to numbers. Using a special numerical system similar to that of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, which assign a number to each letter, modern numerologists add up the digits of a person's name and birth date and then reduce them to a single digit for each. They then consult a numeric table that describes the personalities and fortunes of people with those numbers.
Richard Kadrey, Compton's Encyclopedia
Based upon Pythagoras' previous stated statement, "The world is built upon the power of numbers," numerology became systems of both divination and magic because both systems are based upon the broader concept that the entire universe is composed of mathematical patterns, and all things can be expressed in numbers which correspond to universal vibrations. Therefore, all things, including names, words, birth dates and birthplaces, are able to be reduced to numbers in order to determine personalities, destinies and fortunes of individuals.

Pythagoras is often called the father of numerology since he made known that the musical intervals recognized in his era could be expressed in ratios between the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. Also, he displayed that the numbers 1 through 4 equaled the sum of 10. He furthered demonstrated that the cycle of numbers, 1 through 4, could be started again when reaching 10 because all numbers larger than 9 can be reduced by a single digit by adding the digits together. Pythagoras reasoned that the entire universe could be expressed numerically
, creating a mystical system expended by other early Greek philosophers.

Throughout the ancient history of numbers certain characteristics and values were assigned to the integers. One mechanism which enabled the assignment of these characteristics was the way in which the ancient Greeks recorded the numbers in dots or geometrical figures. Odd numbers which could not be separated were said to be masculine possessing the "generative parts," and represented assertion, power, and creativity. Even numbers capable of being split into and therefore possessed femine "openings" were considered feminine representing wholeness, stability or weakness.

In the Greek mysteries, the number 888 represented the "Higher Mind." The Greek variation of "Jesus," "Iesous," equals 888. The number 666 represented the "Mortal Mind." In the New Testament, 666 is called the number of "the Beast."

In early Hebrew history the interpretation of numbers was considered highly important. Letters of the Hebrew alphabet was based on numbers, and this relationship was related to the cosmic forces. In the Middle Ages, a numerical mysticism evolved from the teachings of Merkabah, a sect of Judaism. In the 13th century the German Kabbalists developed gematria, a mystic numerical interpretation of the Scriptures.

Both the Greeks and Hebrews held 10 to be the perfect number. Pythagoras considered that 10 comprehends all arithmetic and harmonic proportions, and, like God, is tireless. All nations calculated with it because when they arrive at 10, they return to 1, the number of creation. Pythagoreans believed the heavenly bodies were divided into 10 orders. According to the Kabbalah, there are ten emanations of numbers out of Nothing. The emanations form the 10 sephiroth of the Tree of Life, which contains all knowledge and shows the path back to God.
In addition to the occult meanings of numbers , another principle is basic to numerology- -that of gematria, or cryptograph. In Hebrew, consonants are used as number signs, but by providing them with vowels, one can often read them as words and can read words as numbers. A combination of gematria and Pythagorean number symbolism formed the basis for the number magic of the medieval Cabala This allows special reading of the Hebrew Bible to find secret or hidden meanings in the text.

This system has also been applied to Greek and Latin and sometimes the New Testament of the Bible. For example, various personified meanings have been given to 666, the number denoting the Beast in the Book of Revelations. Among these are Nero, Caesar, Martin Luther, Pope Leo X, and Napoleon.
Currently the practice of numerology in the occult often involves attempts to discover secret meanings of occurrences and to forecast the future. When used in these methods, numerology become a form of divination, or fortune telling. Frequently it can be combined with other divinatory forms such as astrology, cartomancy, geomancy, and dream interpretation.

When used in divinatory forms, numerology, also, becomes magic. Such magic, as a theory, has Occidental roots but is usually ascribed to Pythagoras. The theory or system theorizes "that all things are number and that numbers influence the essence of things. Thus number is the mediator between the divine and the earthly. So, if one performs various operations with numbers, theses operations also affect the things related to these numbers."

Taboos: On the simplest level this principle can be seen in number taboos. For example, in the American society most people considered the number 13 unlucky. Therefore, things connected with 13 are too be avoided such as the 13th day of the month, especially if it is a Friday, the 13th floor, 13 dinner guests, and so on. As a contrast in Belgium it is considered a good-luck charm for women to wear the number 13. The negativity of the number 13 is predominantly thought to have been derived from the Biblical narration of the Last Super where Judas was the thirteenth apostle. However, an earlier concept stresses its relationship to 12, a good number identified with the Zodiac, which had strong positive associations in Babylonian and other early astral mythologies.

During the 19th century, when scientific discoveries concerning light, magnetism, and electricity were being made, the theory that numbers corresponded to energy patterns of vibrations became popular.

Numerology is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use. All you need is the birth date and the complete name of an individual to unlock all of the secrets that the numbers hold.

There are eleven numbers used in constructing Numerology charts. These numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Larger numbers that occur from adding the numbers in the complete birth date or from the values assigned to each name, are reduced by adding the digits together until the sum achieved is one of the core numbers. Merely add the components of the larger number together (repeatedly, if necessary) until a single digit (or the "master" numbers 11 or 22) results. Each of these number represents different characteristics and expressions. Master number are the only exception to rule of reducing to the single digit. The master numbers 11 and 22 are intensified versions of the single digit number they replace (2 and 4). These numbers suggest a potential for a high degree of learning and/or achievement very often in a more stressful environment. In many individuals, the master numbers operate at a much more tangible or practical level, becoming essentially the same as the single digit parallel.Letters and numbers, you will learn, are always one and the same. Here is a chart of the values assigned to each of the letters in the English alphabet:


The practice is to total the numerical value of a name or word. For example, the name "John Smith".

JOHN = 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 = 20,
SMITH = 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24,
20 + 24 = 44, 44 = 4 + 4 = 8
Determine letter numerical values from chart:
J = 1, O = 6, H = 8, N = 5; S = 1, M = 4, I = 9, T = 2, H = 8

Sum the numerical values of names:
JOHN = 20 and SMITH = 24

Change the values to single digits:
20 = 2 + 0 = 2, 24 = 2 + 4 = 6

The sum of the single digits:
2 + 6 = 8
The name of "John Smith" has a numerological value of 8. From the Chart of Characteristics of Numbers 8 has the characteristics of material, success, justice.

This article is simply designed to help you determine the number most correctly asscociated with the spell working you have in mind. It is best to try to be consistent with the numbers for your spell; to pick one number and try to keep all the correspondences working within it.

Numerical Table of Associations
Number Associations
1 new beginnings, new happenings, new potentials, complete in oneself, the beginning, creative, individual, and positive
2 balances, balance of energy, gentle, natural, immaginative, romantic, couples, love
3 creativity, activity, results, ambitious, control and authority over others, moving forward
4 foundation, building, structure, stability, at rest, health
5 action, energies, conflicts, opposition,versatil ity, communications, quick, impulsive
6 kindness, luxury, love, friendship, money, artitisic, affection, also health
7 spiritual, mystical, imagination, psychic, secret, travel, change, intuition, clairvoyance
8 karma, stability, intense, strength, loneliness, hidden feelings, secrets, institutions, hospitals and health, long term illnesses
9 fruition, accomplishment, courage, completion, very spiritual number (as in 3 x 3) and a good number to use in all spells in some fashion

Other numbers of course are the "compund" numbers, which are a combination of the numbers 1 through 9. Whenever you have a compound number, you can add the digits together to reduce it down to a single digit number and thereby get its essence. This can come in handy, especially when figuring times to do circle. For example, if you plan to use 7's in your ritual, but you know that there's no way you can start the ritual at 7pm, then you can choose to use instead a number that will add up to 7, like 9:25, where 9 + 2 + 5 equals 16 and 1 + 6 equals 7.
The number of herbs, or candles, or incenses, or ingredients in your spell should also be figured numerologically to be in tune with what you want to accomplish. Let's say you are looking for a new home, well, you can go with the number 1 for newness. Or you can go with the number 4 for stability, or 8 if it's a home you want to keep for a long time. Then you would choose to use that number of candles, that number of herbs in the incense, that number of the hour of the ritual, that number of minutes in your ritual bath, etc. It's a good idea to stick with one main number, and not to try to combine more than one number in one spell. As you will see as you get into the planetary hours, and the colors, and all the other attributes you have to choose from, it can get confusing enough on it's own, without adding to it by picking more than one number!
Consistency is the key to good spellcrafting, pick one number for one idea and work with that. It will increase your focus, and keep you on track to your goal.

Tree magick _The Pine

Pine Pinus
Tree of Nativity
Birthday of the Divine Child, the King of the Waxing Year - December 23rd
First vowel of the Ogham alphabet - Ailm
Planet: Mars
Element: air, fire
Stone: Emerald
Symbolism: Birth, Abundance, Health, Fertility, Fortune, Love
Birds: Crow, Jackdaw, Raven
Colors: Black
Deity: Artemis, Ariadne, Rhea, Cybele, Druantia, Erigone, Dionysus, Bacchus, Merlin, Pan. Attis
Runes: Ken, K
Folk Names: Windmill Palm, Blume (dragon's blood)
Magickal Properties:
Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping "stay the course" during difficult times.
A pine wand or pine cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry pine cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with pine oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw pine needles into winter fires for protection, or burn pine incense for purification and divination. Place pine branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a pine branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.
Medicinal Properties:
It is an antiseptic, expectorant, and tonic. An infusion of the pine needles makes an inhalant for relieving congestion. Pine needle tea can aid with healing bladder, urinary tract, and kidney problems. The needles and shoots are rich in Vitamin A and C. Use the cones and needles in a bath for breathing disorders, skin complaints, and rheumatic pain. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy for its antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, and diuretic properties.
Meditate with Pine to help alleviate your dark moods.
It is also good if you suffer from guilt, and if you have a hard time being satisfied with your achievements.
A renewal of energy can be obtained by sitting under a pine.
The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience:
- they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow, # 176.
Blessing Spell
Gather needles and cones.
Tie a small bundle of needles together
with thread and burn them in your cauldron.
Pass the cones through the smoke
and then place them in a location
where you will see them frequently
and be reminded of your blessings.

from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

From its lofty position above the tops of most other trees, the pine reminded ancient peoples of the importance of taking the overview, encouraging objectivity and farsightedness. We are advised to cleanse ourselves of negativity, neither dwelling on mistakes nor apportioning blame. Pine is a symbol of the elevated mind and the birth of the spiritual warrior.


The Pine Fairy

is and ancient spirit indeed, for pines are conifers and are among the oldest of plants, flourishing just after the glacial period and before the advent of broad-leaved trees. Scots pine is the only tree from northern Europe to have survived the Ice Age. Clumps of pine are believed to act as ley-line markers.

Pine is associated with Attis, love of the goddess Cybele. When he was unfaithful, she changed him into a pine tree. Her son, Zeus, seeing her regret decreed that the pine should stay green throughout the year as a consolation. Attis is one form of the dying and resurrecting god of Nature, giving pine (despite its evergreen status) a strong link with the cycles of living. The pine fairy may be solitary and a little melancholy, but he has a healing presence and can banish negativity. The pine fairy has seen so many things come and go, and one of the things he likes to see gone is your lack of confidence! The wind in the pines is blowing up a new future that can help you leave your mistakes behind, for the past really is the past.