Saturday, 18 January 2014

Spelling to Moon Phases by Starlit

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In light of the recent publication or nearly publication of Tansys' new book "Moon Magic" I have recently completed a homework through Kitchen Witch on the moon and wanted to share some of it with you...

I love the moon! I’ve spent many an evening staring lovingly into the sky and talking to her. I personally see the Moon phases as special to three different goddesses of the Greek pantheon: Artemis, Selene and Hecate – waxing, full and waning… Maiden, Mother and Crone… mind, body, and spirit. That's my Hellenic root to be fair! If I call upon deity during spell work related to the moon I tend to work with these goddesses or at least have these goddesses in mind! Admittedly I may not actually call on deity officially but the gentle embrace of each goddess floats through my mind when I work with the moon in each of her phases… and that is a lot!

I see the new and full moons as both powerful times for wishing, so the spells I’ve constructed during these periods are both wishing spells. The waxing and waning moons I see as more practical magical, and since I am a kitchen witch these tend to involve herbs, oils, candles etc.

I’ve created a really simple wishing spell for the full moon, which can be adapted depending on the time of year and the moon.

Each moon has its own personality and area it rules after all, as does each season, and each astrological sign the moon happens to be in etc. I felt having a general adaptable spell would be a good idea.

Full Moon Wishing Spell

(Calling upon Demeter) – Funny she’s not one of the goddesses I mentioned above but trust me on this one I’ve adapted the goddess to the wish! J

What you’ll need:

Ø  A glass of wine/juice/cider/mead – depends on the season maybe or what you have to hand.
Ø  A plant pot if you have to do this inside
Ø  A specific wish – be really specific about this and adapt it to the moon/season/astrological sign etc
Ø  A full moon or even a day or so either side

What to do:

Ø  At night under a full moon go outside or get to a window where you can see the light of the moon. With a glass of juice/wine.
Ø  Look up at the moon and tell her exactly what you wish, visualising the wish coming true, be specific and explain in as much detail as possible, it helps to have this wish prepared beforehand.
Ø  When complete lift you glass in a toast to the moon goddess and say, with more visualisation of the wish coming to being.

"Lunar Goddess, mother Demeter look and see!
This goblet that I offer thee!
It is yours for all you do
Gracious one of silver hue."

Ø  Pour your juice/wine into the soil or a plant pot in belief that your wish will be granted.
Waning Moon Protection Spell
After having tried everything I could think of to deal with a particular person in my life (yes even this fluffy bunny has pain in the butt people in her life!) I turned hesitantly to magic during a waning moon. I call upon the Queen of Witches from the Roman/Greek Pantheon: Aradia who is a very protective Goddess who swore to protect women and witches from aggressors to offer me assistance within this spell. I would have had Hecate in mind as well as she is also a very protective Goddess but Aradia hit this one perfectly!
 What you will need:
  • A brown candle (an image candle, if you can) to represent the person who is harassing you.
  • A small piece of paper
  • A writing implement
  • Honey
  • Knife, pin or athame
  • Flowing water
What to do:
  • Write the offending person’s name on the front and back of the candles
  • Write the following incantation on a small piece of paper
“From now on, (name) will say nothing but sweet words about me and to me.
By the power of Aradia,
So mote it be!”
  • Put a drop of honey in the middle of the paper and roll it into a ball.
  • Heat a knife, pin or your athame, make a gash in the candle and stuff the paper ball into it.
  • Light it and allow the candle to burn a little while every night for an odd number of nights, to a maximum of nine nights.
  • Throw the remnants into flowing water, but save some candle drippings or ash to sprinkle in the path of your oppressor.
Dark Moon
I get really confused with this, I would say that the dark moon is the 3 days immediately preceding the new moon and the new moon up to 3 ½ days after, so they’re separate occasions. Some though seem to put these together. During the dark moon I don’t spell, I simply meditate, read and reflect. However on the night of the New Moon I do spell… So I’ll be using this one here! You’ll notice I do not call upon deity here but ask the Universe for assistance instead.
What you’ll need:
  • 3 pieces of paper
  • A writing implement
  • 3 Candles
  • Fire proof dish or cauldron
What to do:
  • On the first piece of paper write a list of things that went well since the last new moon. (Did the previous months spell work?)
  • On the second piece of paper write a list of things that didn’t go so well since the last new moon
  • On the third piece of paper write a list of things to manifest until the next new moon. (Looking at the last list maybe some worked some didn’t)
  • Light the first candle, read the first piece list out loud and then burn it over the candle sending a heart felt thank you to the universe for it’s assistance something simple like:
“Thank you dearest Universe for my blessings this month.”
  • Do the same with the second list I like to say something along the lines of
“Please help me find strength in the areas that have not gone so well this month”
  • Read the last list really visualising your manifestations, place it under the third candle, light it and let it the candle burn out (don’t walk away from it and use a mini spell candle – so much quicker!) Saying something simple like:
“I ask the universe to assist me in manifesting these goals/wishes/aims over the next month. Guide me with love and light. So Mote It Be!”
  • Wash the ashes lists through running water or bury them/sprinkle them in the garden, keep the third list on your altar to prompt you next month.
Waxing Moon – Wintergreen Muscle Rub (recipe from adapted into a spell!!)
 I suffer from headaches; some of which can be completely debilitating. I’ve used essential oils associated with specific tension relieving herbs and charged them while blending to make a tension relieving muscle rub to be applied to muscles like the shoulders, neck, and temples to help relieve headaches. It’s a drawing relaxation and soothing calmness to oneself aching muscles which makes this rub and enchantment perfect for a waxing moon. You’ll notice I do not call upon any deity to help me out here.
What you will need:
  • A dark blue or amber glass container (I used one with a roller ball)
  • 9 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 drops Clove oil
  • 9 drops Wintergreen oil – for pain relief
  • 6 drops Ginger oil – for warming and unknotting sore muscles
  • 3-4 teaspoons of the carrier oil of your choice (I used Jojoba)
What to do:
  • Gently drip 2 of the 3-4 teaspoons into the blue vile
  • One by one drip each essential oil into the carrier oil charging them one by one
      • Peppermint“I draw the cooling and warming effect of peppermint to this blend.”
      • Clove“I draw the natural powers of pain relief into this blend”
      • Wintergreen“I draw natural powers of pain relief into this blend.”
      • Ginger“I draw the ability to warm and unknot tired muscles to this blend
  • Swirl the blend together visualising a warming, calming, soothing white light swirling in the blend – when you feel it’s ready whisper “So Mote it Be!”
  • Cap it and label it – it’ll keep in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight for up to a year.
Swapping Moon Phases
The intent of the “recipe spell” above is about drawing healing into the jojoba oil by using the healing oils of the herbs, but you can swap this one around and charge the essential oils for banishing tension during a waning moon.
So instead of saying “I draw…” you would say “I use the warming and cooling effect to banish…” Changing the wording to change the intent of the spell and to match it to the moon phase is the simplest of adaptations to make.
Go on have a go at some moon magic, she's listening you know! xxx )O( xxx

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