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Mercury In Retrograde


Mercury goes into retrograde on March 30th and will stay there until April 23rd. A planet enters retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards in the zodiac. The planet Mercury rules thinking and perception, communication, creativity, commerce, education, and transportation. It generally affects people who work in these areas; writers, sales people, teachers, artists, telephone operators, commentators, critics, etc.

Communication can be difficult and can lead to misunderstandings,  Travel and your day-to-day commute can be effected, you may witness a change in mood in the people you see daily, glitches and breakdowns of electronic equipment is common,  and the world-wide web is also effected during this time. All of this usually happens because one piece of important or crucial information has gone astray or awry.

Some say you should not make important decisions during this time since the thinking behind them will be clouded by poor communication and careless thinking. Because Mercury represents the power of the mind, when in retrograde these characteristics are less accurate. It might pay to be a little more attentive in any situation at this time!

Some people thrive when Mercury is in retrograde, I guess it just depends on how we each “roll with the punches.” The key to not losing your mind and your temper during this time would be to focus.

Brightest Blessings,

Megan

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The Full/Super/Equinox Moon 3-19-2011


March’s full moon is my favorite every year. I can still remember last years March full moon like it was yesterday, It was absolutely breathtaking. It’s as if March’s full moon is speaking for the Earth and telling us that spring is finally here. This year, the March full moon is extra special, falling the day before the equinox, and it is a SuperMoon. It will be the largest full moon in nearly 20 years, and could appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.

A SuperMoon occurs when the full or new moon is at lease at 90% of its perigee position. There are actually 4 or 5 SuperMoon events a year, but this will be the largest moon that we have seen since 1992. If the skies are clear they will be alight with the glow of divine light this Saturday. Don’t miss out on viewing this beautiful moon as well as performing your Esbat on a night that is sure to be filled with magic.

Blessed Be,

Megan

Ostara, The Spring Equinox


Ostara, The spring equinox, is the time of year when day and night are equal in length . This Sabbat signifies action, movement, and the newness of the Earth. Ostara brings the growth of light and balance. Traditionally a time for spring cleaning and chores, Ostara is also a good time to open up to spiritual cleaning , it is a time to start over, to reflect and re-set our lives.

The Earth is renewing itself and blooming with fresh and beautiful life , and in comparison to the previous winter months is becoming much livelier. Spring is a good time to set the balance of things in our lives, renew ourselves,  and become more livelier just as the Earth does.

There are several ways to fall out of balance, weather mentally, spiritually, physically, or emotionally. Our actions, our communications, our thoughts and our bodies can become imbalanced as well. Think of something in your life that has become out of balance or something that has never been balanced that you would like to correct. Have you lost focus, have you lost your temper, are your emotions getthing the best of you? I have included below a balancing rite that you can include in your Ostara circle if you like. I hope you enjoy!

Ostara balancing candle right

You will need two white taper candles (I prefer the small 5 inch ones because they take less time to burn out) and some sea salt.

On one candle write the word balance. On the second candle write one word for something in your life that you want to bring balance to, or something that has become imbalanced. For example,I may be having a hard time getting my point across to others , so I would write communication. Or I may feel a little over emotional lately, so I would want to bring balance to my emotions. Once you have written on both candles palce them on your altar about 6 inches apart. The candle that says balance should be on the left side. In between the two candles draw an aarow, with sea salt, that points to the candle that represents your imbalanced trait. See the picture below for an example.

Light the balance candle, then move to the right and light the trait candle. Chant the following “Mother and father of all living things, unto my being your loving balance bring.”  Picture balance from the first candle flowing out and through the aarow into your imbalanced trait candle. Allow the candles to burn out on their own and dispose of the salt by burying it in the Earth.

As always, Blessed Be and a very merry Ostara,

Megan

Daily Doodle 3-9-11


Today I would like to share one of my most favorite pieces of poetry with you. It comes from Buckland’s complete book of witchcraft, and it is used in a temple space purification ritual. I could only wish to write something so beautiful some day so I hope you like it as much as I do.
“Soft is the rain, it gently falls upon the fields beneath.
It lulls the heart, it stills the mind, gives solitude I seek.
It patters down so gentle, yet it ne’er does bend a leaf.
And yet the water that is there, will wash away all grief.
For smoothness follows in the wake, and quiet, peace, and love.
All around in freshness new, come down from clouds above.
All evil go, flow out from here and leave all fresh and plain.
Let negativity not come into this room again.
For love I now find all around, so soft, so still, so pure.
I can perform my rituals as peace and quiet endure.”

Love and Light,
Megan

New Moon House Cleansing and Protection Spell


 

The new moon symbolizes beginnings and newness. I have a spell that I perform on the day of each new moon, it is a house cleaning and protection spell I wrote, you do not need to cast a circle for this spell, in fact, this is something that I do to prepare for my new moon esbat. 

House cleansing and protection spell:

You will need a sage smudge stick, and a green votive candle.

 Clean your house, really clean it, out with the old musty energy and in with the new clean vibes. Once your house is clean, light the green candle and take it and the smudge stick to the front door. Stand facing the door and use the flame of the candle to light the sage. Once it starts to smolder use it to “draw” a pentagram in the doorway and say; “with the wisdom of air, and the power of sage, and the strength of earth and fire to light their way, I draw here a sign of protection and love, watched over by the light of the  Lord and Lady above.” Now take the smudge stick and walk deosil (clockwise) around your home and imagine the smoke from the sage carrying away all the negativity. Draw a pentagram in all the windows and doorways. Do this anytime you feel the need to protect your home or remove negative energies.

Things to do with roses


Valentine’s day has come and gone and in a few days some of us will be staring at a bouquet of bloomed roses wondering what to do with them. Whatever you do, DO NOT throw them away! Roses are some of the most magical flowers there are. They will bring peace, attract love, mend the pain of a loss, and they have the capability to empower you.

The rose is the master herb of love, and there are many things that you can do with them other than smell them or look at them atop your desk or bedroom dresser.  Here are some things that you can do with roses.

 Placing roses on your altar will deepen your experience of divine love. I like to color coordinate flower arrangements with the purpose of my rite. You can buy a dozen roses at Wal-Mart for ten bucks when it isn’t valentine’s day, so they aren’t that expensive and there are a ton of things that you can do with them after your right. You can hang them upside down and dry them, or press them flat in a heavy book and use them for potpourri or incense or oils.

 Planting a rosebush in your yard at home will bring good fortune and abundance. There are so many types of roses, and they are all so beautiful. If you live in a home with a garden you can plant them almost anywhere in the yard. If you live in an apartment or townhouse without a yard, some varieties of roses even grow in pots and you can place them on your balcony or patio.

There are a lot of things that you can do with rose petals. Balance your emotions and increase self-confidence by adding fresh rose petals to your bath. You can attract love by placing fresh rose petals in an amulet and wearing it or carrying it with you. You can add them to spring water and allow it to steep and make fresh rose-water which tastes great and smells wonderful.

Whatever you decide to do with those left over valentine’s day roses I hope that it is a magical experience for you. If you decide not to use them for anything afterwords, please don’t just throw them away, they should at least be buried and returned to the earth from which they were grown.

 I’ve included one of my favorite rose spells for you below.

Magical Rose Wash: from ‘Wicca: A Year And A day’ by Timothy Roderick

You will need a pint of spring water, fresh rose petals and an apple.

Pour the water into a large bowl. Chop the apple and add it and the rose petals to the water and allow it to steep. The longer it has to steep the better it will be. Cleanse your face and all of your chakras and say: “Awaken beauty, hold it fast. Bind the mists, to make it last.”

Blessed be!

Megan

Imbolc


 

It is that time of year when we feel as if we have been surrounded in winter for far too long. The cold temperatures keep us indoors, and the ice and snow  seem to linger on and on forever. Something that we tend to forget about the ice and snow is that they carry some very powerful spirits who work to help the earth rest in preparation for the spring.

Imbolc is the official beginning of the end of winter. The earth begins to quicken beneath the soil and life is stirring. Soon, the first signs of spring will begin to sprout and the sun will warm us and allow the world to bloom in the beautiful colors of springtime.

Imbolc is about the awakening of the earth’s energies, and should also be about your own personal awakening. Winter allows us to grow lazy at times and forget about things that are important to us. We tend to tread gloomily along day-to-day, just doing what we need to do to get by and nothing more. Without the vitamin D and the energy from the sun, “boring” can set in before we know it.

This Imbolc think of a soul nurturing interest or desire or talent that you may have put on hold and would like to awaken. Have you left your interest in art, music, writing, etc. behind to focus on your career, school, or have you just put what you love to do on the list of “I’ll do it later”?  It is important for us to feed our souls with the things that we are good at and love to do. We cannot be complete if we repress our talents and our souls desires.

Here is something that you can include in your Imbolc rite to help with your own personal awakening.

You will need; a small piece of paper, a pen, a small flower-pot, some potting soil, and some seeds (an herb such as sage or chamomile would work well).

Write the interest or talent that you would like to awaken on the piece of paper. If you thought of more than one, that’s ok, write them all, but make sure the piece of paper is not too big. Fill the flower-pot halfway with soil. Fold the piece of paper 3 times and place into the pot, the fill the remainder of the pot with soil. Sow your plant seeds into the soil. Take care of this new magical plant, as it grows, the roots will entwine with your interest or talent and it will grow just as the plant does.  

Wishing you a very merry Imbolc and the brightest blessings,

Megan

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