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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Romany New Year's Eve Love Divination

To divine whether you will marry in the New Year, try throwing a shoe or boot into a willow tree. If it gets caught in the branches, the answer is yes. You are allowed to throw the shoe no more than nine times because, in spells, nine symbolizes completion.

From: The Good Spell Book

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sign of the Apple Tree

Birth dates:
  • Dec 23 thru Jan 1st
  • Jun 25 to Jul 04
Key word: Love.

Persons born under the sign of the Apple Tree tend to be slight of build, with lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sign of the Beech Tree

Birth Date
  • Dec 22
Key word: Creative

According to some astrological traditions, it is said that if you were born on Dec 22,  you were born under the sign of the Beech tree. Persons born under this sign tend to have good taste, and be concerned about their looks...

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Sign of the Carnation

"Simplicity is its own reward."


If you were born between December 22 and January 21, you were born under the sign of the Carnation. Those with the carnation flower sign are beautifully adept at putting things in order, and organizing. You are strong willed and determined for others to see your point of view....

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Yuletide Greetings!

Also known as: Yule, Alban Arthuan, Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year. It is from this point that the days begin slowly to become longer and longer. The sun is at its most southeastern point over the Tropic of Capricorn in the northern hemisphere and has no apparent northward or southward motion.

In the time of the ancient tribes this was a time of celebration, for it meant the turning point of winter and the eventual return of spring. Yule is the time when we honor the Goddess for giving birth to the sun once more. It is the time when the Oak King is victorious over the Holly King....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Juvenalia

Around the time of the winter solstice, Romans observed Juvenalia, a feast honoring the children of Rome. The Juvenalia were scenic games instituted by Nero in A.D. 59, in commemoration of his shaving his beard for the first time, thus intimating that he had passed from youth into manhood. He was then 22 years old.


These games were not celebrated in the circus, but in a private theatre erected in a pleasure-ground (nemus), and consisted of every kind of theatrical performance, Greek and Roman plays, mimetic pieces, and the like. The most distinguished persons in the state, old and young, male and female, were expected to take part in them. The emperor set the example by appearing in person on the stage; and Dion Cassius mentions a distinguished Roman matron, upwards of eighty years of age, who danced in the games.

The Juvenalia continued to be celebrated by subsequent emperors, but not on the same occasion. The name was given to those games which were exhibited by the emperors on the 1st of January in each year. They no longer consisted of scenic representations, but of chariot races and combats of wild beasts.

Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Calling Up The Sun


About an hour before sunrise, plant yourself outside, preferably on a hill, or the top of a building. Face the direction where the sun will rise and begin to call the sun. Forcefully project the sound so that you imagine your body shaking; then the room or space where you are shakes; then the world, and finally the whole universe - by which time, you should be sweating. Eventually, you will feel that the sound is coming through, rather than from you.

Names or mantras you can use include the following:
  • Shamash (Babylonian)
  • Amun Ra (Egyptian)
  • Sulis (Celtic)
  • Helios (Greek)
  • Surya (Vedic)
  • Sol Invictus (Roman)
  • Inti (Incan)

When the edge of the sun becomes visible above the horizon, drop into a prayer position and remain so until the sun is completely risen. This makes for a great winter solstice ritual to bring in the unconquered sun.

Note: This post was written by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sign of the Narcissus

"Escape into my dreamy depth."


If you were born between November 22 and December 21, you were born under the sign of the Narcissus. Narcissus zodiac flower signs can be very influential and enjoy sharing their philosophical ideas with others. You are direct, to the point, trustworthy and honest...

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Narcissus The Myth


Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning "sleep, numbness," in Greek mythology was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis saw this and attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the waters and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died.

Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November Magick


While November is the eleventh month on modern calendars, it was once the ninth, as evidenced by the Latin number novem. In the United States, November contains one of the oldest national holidays - Thanksgiving.

Actually, festivals of gratitude combine with late harvest festivals in many parts of the world ...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

A Traditional Samhain Ritual

Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren’t long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol should also be there.

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Halloween Gypsy Love Divinations

To find, from a list of potential suitors, whom you are most likely to marry, on Halloween night take one crab apple to represent each suitor.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sign of the Chrysanthemum

"My mysteries are forever unfolding."


If you were born between October 23 and November 21, you were born under the sign of the Chrysanthemum. You have many layers to you, and just as soon as someone thinks they have you identified, you pop out with another blossom of surprises. You like clarity and honesty in all things. ...

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

October Magick

Let me be a bloodhound in your pack, Lord Herne,
racing toward a horizon that recedes
with each swift step we take toward it.
Let me burn with your dark fire.
Let me serve you with my fearless deeds.


Following the pattern started in September, October gets its name from octo, meaning eight, as it is the eighth month on the old calendar system. Throughout the month, festivals for the dead increase with the waning light, and late harvest festivals continue. The latter often include propitiation to ensure that the Goddess's abundance will keep people whole through harsh or barren times....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grapefruit Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Fruit
Magickal Form: Skin, flesh

On a dark moon, peel the skin off the fruit in one whole piece and hang the skin above a doorway for serious protection. By the full moon, the skin should be completely dried. Remove it and grind to a fine powder. Sprinkle the dust outside your home (at doors and windows) to keep enemies away for good.

Eat the flesh of the grapefruit to promote chastity and heal sexual hang-ups. When eaten during a waning moon (the full moon to the new moon period), it can left the spirits and reenergize the weary.

From Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sign of the Rose

"I will balance you in my beauty."


If you were born between September 23 and October 22, you were born under the sign of the rose. The rose zodiac flower sign exposes the truth in all things. If you have this flower sign you have a unique ability to see the hidden meanings in things and expose the underlying evidence for what it is. You have an eye for classic beauty...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Poplar and Aspen Tree Lore

The Poplar or Aspen is the sacred Tree of the Fall Equinox - (Aprox. September 22)



Magical History and Associations:

In Gaelic tongue the tree was called Peble and Pophuil in the celtic way. Poplar is generally a plant of Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and is associated with the element of water. Its color is rufous (red) and the bird associated with Poplar is the Whistling Swan. The stones associated with Poplar are Amber, Citrine Quartz, Sapphire and Swan Fluorite. The Anglo-Saxon rune poem seems to refer to the Poplar as being associated with the rune "berkano"...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn Equinox in Celtic Mythology

In this variation of the legend of the Autumn Equinox, this is the day of the year when the god of light, Lugh, is defeated by the god of darkness, Lugh’s twin and alter-ego, Tanist. The night conquers day. The tales state that the Equinox is the only day which Lugh is vulnerable and the possibility of his defeat exists. Lugh stands on the balance...

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Fall Sabbat Incense

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Myrrh
  • 1 part Rosemary
  • 1 part Cedar...
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Ritual For Mabon

This Ritual is best performed during the early evening hours, just after Sunset, as this is the time of day which corresponds to the time of year. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil (clockwise or sunwise direction), with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Lay out the circumference of your Circle with cord, stones, etc., as necessary....

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Autumn Equinox - the Welsh Mythology

  • Color of the day: Yellow
  • Incense of the day: Coriander
Once again the Sun’s path crosses the celestial equator, and the day and the night are now again of equal length. On the Gregorian calendar this is the first day of autumn, but on the modern Celtic calendar it is midautumn.

This holiday is more commonly known by its Welsh name Mabon. Mabon means “divine youth.” It is the name of a mythic hunter hero whose story is told at this time of year....

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Autumn Equinox in Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Autumn begins as Persephone returns to the Underworld to live with Hades, her husband.

We have posted a number of posts about Persephone, to see all of them, here's the link: Persephone.

In short, the myth says that Demeter’s daughter, Kore, had taken a day to pick flowers in a meadow when the Earth opened up, and Hades pulled the girl into the Underworld to become his bride. Kore’s name became Persephone when she married Hades....

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Blessings of the Season


Blessings of my first frost on you
Blessings of the goose-stitched sky
Blessings of the trees in sunset glory
And warm hearths at the end of the day.
Blessings of the harvest set before you...

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To Autumn


O Autumn. Laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Rhodium Oil Spell To Lure Dogs

This perfume oil allegedly attracts dogs and was once used by thieves in order to lure dogs away. Play with the proportions until you achieve an effective fragrance.
Blend the following essential oils with a carrier oil, such as jojaba oil:
  • Essential oil of cedarwood
  • Essential oil of rose geranium
  • Essential oil of palmarosa
  • Essential oil of sandalwood
 You can then wear the oil as a perfume, or use the oil to mark a trail.
Note: It may work on other animals too. Experiment and see.

Found in: Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
Ingredients at Amazon: Cedarwood Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Jojoba Oil

Pacify Dogs Pow-Wow Spell

Pow-Wow strongly incorporates the use of spoken charms. This one is used to soothe a threatening dog and provide protection - excellent for those forced to walk past a snarling, snapping canine.

The charm must be repeated three times before you reach the dog (or the dog reaches you! ...

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Old Earache Cure

Cure for earache: Find a dog that had just recently had puppies. Get some of her milk, warm it and put it in the ear. The natural antibodies in the milk will help fight the disease.

~UCLA Folklore Archives

42 Superstitions About Dogs

  1. Being followed by a strange dog - bad luck (especially black dogs).
  2. Alternatively, being followed home by a strange dog might indicate good luck.
  3. A dog walking between a courting couple indicates a quarrel will soon take place.
  4. Black dogs are generally considered unlucky, especially if they cross a traveller's path or follow someone and refuse to be driven away.
  5. To meet a dog with her whelps was considered in the highest degree unlucky.
  6. It is good luck for dogs to come to your house.
  7. A strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship.
  8. Meeting a dog - good luck (especially Dalmatians).
  9. To meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky.
  10. Three white dogs seen together are considered lucky.
  11. If a dog does not like a man, it is a sign the man has a bad character.
  12. A greyhound with a white spot on its forehead - good fortune.
  13. A home where a well cared for, happy greyhound lives will never be haunted by malicious spirits.
  14. When a dog is staring intently, at nothing, for no apparent reason, look between the dog's ears and you'll see a ghost.
  15. A dog with seven toes can see ghosts.
  16. The ancient Greeks thought dogs could foresee evil.
  17. Howling dogs mean the wind god has summoned death, and the spirits of the dead will be taken.
  18. A dog howling at night is a sign of bad Iuck.
  19. A dog howling for no reason means unseen spirits.
  20. Dogs howling at a crossroads mean the goddess Hecate is near.
  21. A howling dog outside the house of a sick person was once thought to be an omen that they would die, especially if the dog was driven away and returned to howl again.
  22. The howling of a dog four times while under the front porch - harbinger of death.
  23. A dog howling three times means a death has occurred.
  24. A dog which gives a single howl, or three howls, and then falls silent is said to be marking a death that has just occurred nearby.
  25. If a dog howls at night, it is a sign of the death of a friend.
  26. If a dog sits and howls at the moon, it is a sign of death.
  27. The spectral black dog (barguest) - a harbinger of death.
  28. If a black dog appears in your car when you are driving alone, you are in danger of an accident.
  29. Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
  30. If you are sick, touch a piece of bread to your lips and then give it to your dog. You can detect how serious your condition is depending on whether the dog eats it or not. 
  31. From a elder South Dakota Lakota Sioux Indian: if a member of the tribe would get sick they would lay with a dog and the sickness would transfer from the tribal member into the dog.
  32. One old charm which was often used for childrens' illnesses was to take some of the patient's hairs and feed them to a dog in between slices of bread and butter; the ailment was believed to transfer to the animal, healing the patient.
  33. If you have your new-born baby licked by a dog, your baby will be a quick healer.
  34. If a dog eats grass, it is a sign he needs a tonic.
  35. A dog eating grass means it's going to rain.
  36. If a dog lies on its back, it is a sign of rain.
  37. A dog sitting with crossed fore-paws indicates rain.
  38. Give your dog a bath and it will rain for sure.
  39. Fishermen traditionally regard dogs as unlucky and will not take one out in a boat, or mention the word 'dog' whilst at sea.
  40. If the inside of a dog's mouth is black, it is a sign he is well-bred.
  41. To keep a new dog, measure its tail with a cornstalk and bury the latter under the front step.
  42. At one time a dog that had bitten someone was immediately destroyed to protect the person from rabies (even if the dog was healthy).
Collected from various sources
Art by: Ron Krajewski

The Goddess Gula

The Great Physician,
Queen of Physicians,
Lady of Birth and Mother of Dogs,
The Lady Who Restores To Life

Other names: Bau, Bawa, Belit-Illu, Belitis, Damkina, Damgalnunna, Gam-Tum-Dug, Gula, Gula Bau, Gulu, Innini, Ki, Meme, Ninisina, Ninisunna, Ninka, Ninkarrak, Ninki, Ninlil, Ninmah, Nintinuga, Nintu, Nm-din-dug

  • Origin: Mesopotamia
  • Animal: Dog
  • Herbs: Tarragon and Bay
  • Star: Sirius, the Dog Star
  • Mystic Number: 93
  • Color: Red
  • Day: Sept 19
  • Consort: Ninurta, Ninurtu (Ningirsu), Ninib (sun-god), Pabilsag, Abu, moon man
  • First mentioned: 4,500 B.C.E.

Bau (also known as Gula), Goddess of Healing and Life, was once among the most significant deities of the Sumarian pantheon. She is intensely associated with dogs and may appear as a dog-headed woman. It is very tempting to associate her name with "bow-wow." Dog and puppy burials have been found amidst her temple ruins.

Field of influence: The internal heat of the earth. Healing, therapeutic arts. She was the Goddess who wrote a man's destiny at his birth, was petitioned to change this destiny, to heal diseases and to prolong lives. Patron of physicians; Goddess of inflicted illness and restored health. Also associated with the underworld; possibly a former death goddess. Could cure or cause sickness.

Appearance: A mature goddess, stocky and short in stature. Her black hair was straight and held in place by a gold circlet inset with pieces of carnelian. She wore a full-length robe of bleached wool with long sleeves. Also known as Gulu, (the earth-goddess, mother goddess; and Ninmah, goddess of the underworld) - she sits below ground with her dog, where the cosmic serpent begins to rise. She is the patroness of herbs, healing, life, as her flowered garment shows. Hands lifted in prayer, she sits with her dog, defender of homes, while before her a Scorpion Archer mounts guard at the uttermost bound of the earth (cosmic sea), to defend against demonic powers and protect the rising and setting sun.

Sacred Animal: Dog/Bitch; it is uncertain whether Gula was imagined as having canine form or the dog was sacred to her, since the antiseptic action of a dog's tongue in licking wounds was early recognized. She was sometimes addressed as Bawa, which may have been either a name or an epithet, and could have been onomatopoeic ('bow-wow').

Occupying a threshold between the world of the living and the dead, a faithful friend and guardian of Hades, the dog can symbolize a connection between consciousness and the unconscious.

Legends: Helped breathe life into mankind after the Great Flood. After seeing the terrible destruction wrought by the Flood and losing her husband to the Netherworld, Gula became interested in caring for the sick and wounded in the Great Above. And so, after the raging of the storm god NinUrta, she smiles down upon them as the rainbow or as in Hungary in the mirage of the sun called the "déli BÁB" on the the moist lowlands of Hortobágy. She feeds them, brings new life and is the protector of birth, the mother, the baby and life in general. In all the folds of her skirt are hidden unborn children.

Historical information: The Sumerian BAÚ saw her prominence around 2,500 BC and earlier. She was once the third in rank among the ancient Sumerian gods. She is also called GULA by Sumerians and is mentioned to be the goddess of bounty, a healer, provider of harvest and food, giver of birth and fertility etc. She was also BABA the life giver (midwife) who helps bring life into the world, GAL-AMA =the great mother, or NIN-AN-NA the queen/lady of heaven.

She has a prominent role in incantations and incantation rituals intended to relieve those suffering from disease. And could also be invoked to curse those who trample upon the rights of rulers (elections were held in her temple) or those who do wrong with poisonous potions.

Various Sumerian hymns praise her as the giant Gúla, who heals, she is the queen of heaven, and is the "light of the world". She is also called the quickener of the dead, which may refer to the idea that she may quicken the rebirth of the spirit of the dead and shorten their stay in the underworld.

In her later Babylonian incarnation, Gula Bau, spirit of healing, walks the Earth accompanied by her pack of hounds.

Offerings: Build her an altar featuring dog imagery; appropriate gifts would include contributions to dog shelters and hospitals, or acts on behalf of dogs in need.

Birthing ceremony: In the southern Hungarian city of Szeged it was recorded that the women celebrated her in a closed ceremony, where only mothers were allowed. The eldest most respected mother offers to the goddess, a plate of pastries and wine to thank the successful birth of the new mother. Not performing this ritual means that the girl or boy will not find a suitable mate in their adult life. Similarly in Sumerian cylinder seals show a row of women lined up to offer cake and drink to the goddess BAÚ sitting on an elevated throne.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Spirits, Wiggage, and the work of Dr. Ida Bobula

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gypsy Spell For Love

Perhaps there is someone in whom you are very much interested. He or she seems to notice you but makes no move to develop a relationship. This is not a spell to draw that loved one to you, but more to "open the way," so that if there is interest there, he or she will feel free to make advances.

The Seeker should set a wineglass on the table. Then suspend a ring (traditionally the mother's wedding band) from a length of red silk ribbon....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Healing Mantras Romany Style


Here are five simple mantra style Romany chants for vitality and good health. These are enhanced when done on a Sunday. Light a candle and some incense, (pine is a good choice) and then spend 10 minutes chanting one of the following mantras...

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Mantra - Sound carrying Thought

The term mantra should be familiar to most readers. It is usually associated with sounds or words that when spoken or sung, evoke a particular magical power or energy. Two of the best-known mantras are AUM or Om, The term mantra is derived from the sanskrit root "man", which means, 'to think'. Thus the uttered sound is merely an aid to the focusing and direction of thought, and initiates of Tantrika regard the different types of mantra as vehicles for articulating spiritual energy as sound....

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Primal Poetry - Sacred Speech


Just for the purposes of discussion, I want to distinguish between 'ordinary' speaking and 'sacred' speech. Sacred speech, in this context, refers to those occasions when we are using speech (probably combined with other modes of display) to bring about a magical change - such as in inducing group trance, communing with spirits, being a horse, raising energy, and so on....

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Why Chanting Works

Why does singing and chanting have such a powerful effect on us? Repetitive or boring tasks are easier to perform if there is a tune in the background, or if someone starts to sing.

I remember with particular fondness the "work songs" which were evolved when I spent a few months picking oranges and grapefruit in Israel, and they certainly livened up what was a boring and strenuous task. Songs and chants establish rhythms, which not only distract from the boredom of a task, but also seem to add energy and help "carry" each person along....

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Shouting Out To The God

Here, one member of the group makes up a sound, call or statement and shouts it out, and the rest of the group shout it back at them. This can be especially effective as a kind of freeform invocation, for example, if everyone is familiar with the qualities, attributes and features of a particular God or Goddess. It can also be used as light-hearted introduction to designing invocations.

This form of repetition is commonly used in tantrik ritual, as salutations given to the god who is the object of the ritual. The example below is just a few of the 108 ritual salutations to the god Ganesha:



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Group Aum for Peace and Centering


This is a simple group exercise. All sit in a circle, with eyes closed. After taking a few deep breaths, begin a long drawn out A-U-M (OM) chant. It need not be synchronized, and is very effective in relaxing people....

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Spinning Mantra Chant for Power

In the most commonly used form of chants, each member of the group repeats the entire verse. However, the "Spinning Mantra" differs in that one member intones the first line of the chant, the next person, the second line, and so on. One note can be used throughout, with the same syllables stressed in each line.

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The Witch's Tune

This is another version of the Witch's Rune, called the witch's tune. The words were adapted by Aldan.

Dark of night and rising moon,
East, then south, then west, then north
To each we sing a witches' tune
That calls the ancient powers forth....

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Witch's Rune Traditional


Darksome night and silvery moon
East then south then west then north
To thee we sing a witch's tune
To call the ancient powers forth...

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Group Chants


Group Chants are one of the most effective (and fun!) ways of raising energy, especially when combined with dancing, stylized movement, gestures, and swaying. Some of the most popular chants are those taken from Amerindian sources, such as:

I am the Circle,
I am Healing you,
You are the Circle
You are healing me...


... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, and can be found in its entirety here: Raise Energy With A Group Chant

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Egyptian Ceremony of Lighting the Fire


September 13-14 is the Egyptian Ceremony of Lighting the Fire, an Egyptian All Soul's day honoring Nepthys and the spirits of the dead. This was a festival of light, people placed candles, lanterns and lamps in front of their deities and statues of their ancestors who were encouraged by the light to journey back to loved ones for a visit.

In the book, 365 Goddess, the author explores a different goddess every day in the context of rituals, feast days, holidays, festivals, and celebrations from around the world. This is what she has to say about the Ceremony of Lighting the Fire:

"Today was Nepthys' festival day in ancient Egypt. As with other festivals for the dead, it was a time not only to propitiate the goddess with offerings of aromatic incense like myrrh but also to satisfy any wandering spirits. 

Themes and symbols for today are:  Death; Spirits; Rebirth Fire; Basket; Myrrh, and the presiding goddess is Nepthys.

"This Egyptian funerary goddess has a hawk for a sacred animal. Together they guide and watch the souls of our loved ones in the afterlife. In Egyptian tradition, Nepthys lives in the east, where she can receive the rising sun, a symbol of the hopefulness she can instill and of resurrection."

The book also includes ideas for simple magical rituals and/or easy spells that are in keeping with the theme for the day. And so we find that today is a good time for the following:

If someone you care about passed away during the last year, burn some incense for this goddess and leave a small basked filled with a token for her on your altar. This acts as a prayer to Nepthys to keep a watchful eye on that soul and grant them peace."

Other ideas include the following:

"If you find your sense of hopefulness waning under everyday pressures, light a candle honoring Nepthys today, and every day, until you sense a difference in attitude. Try to choose a candle whose color represents hope and change to you (sprout green is one good choice). Inscribe the candle with a symbol of what you most need to turn things around so that this goddess can shine dawn's revitalizing light into your heart and begin lifting some of that heaviness."

Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
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