Archive for the ‘Affirmations’ Category
Today I’d like to share my horoscope with you and my thoughts on it afterwards and a little challenge to you that I intend on doing myself.
Aries Daily Horoscope
You might be open to new experiences and meeting new people today, which may make you seem more approachable. Your friendly demeanor could be the result of your desire to expand your circle of friends in order to infuse your social life with fresh energy. Perhaps you can consider finding different ways to meet people today. Joining a club, trying a sport, or taking a class are all ways to increase your social circle. If you notice any anxiety about meeting new people while engaged in one of these activities, take a deep breath and think about all the wonderful qualities you have. You might picture yourself from the other person’s perspective and see how unique and interesting you are. Knowing what you have to offer people may make it easier for you to make contact with others.
Going out on a limb and trying new things is a wonderful way to widen our social network. Unless we take a chance at doing something different, we will never increase our social contacts. It then becomes more difficult to expand our worldview since we stay within the confines of our comfortable social world. Meeting new people means that we engage in discussions and activities that are fresh and exciting and help us grow and evolve. We not only gain alternate perspectives through our new acquaintances, but we also learn more about who we truly are. By opening yourself to new experiences today, your social world will expand and you will uncover parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed.
Onward to the challenge that I am undertaking. On facebook I have a very limited set of people I allow on my “friends list” usually people that are a part of Sacred Mists School, a few wonderful customers of the store but otherwise friends and family. Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with it all but do OK. I have decided to open myself up on facebook to include more people even when connections to people I am already friends with are not present. I am also interacting more with people when I visit my favorite places locally. While I do hope to be moving West soon I am actively becoming better friends with those around me right now and finding amazing joys in that companionship.
In today’s world of activity and online networking, what can we do to always be true to ourselves while at the same time trying to make new friends?
ME? I don’t hide who I am in any of my posts or interactions. Right now I am on a short “vacation” from facebook but will be back on Monday. I hope to see you all then!
Wishing you the most beautiful weekend and the opportunity to make amazing connections both online and off.
Tuesday is ruled by Mars. The energies are perfect to work with male energies such as strength, endurance. With that in mind, today we celebrate the Warrior spirit. Many Gods and Goddesses carry within them the warrior spirit, as humans on a spiritual journey we see this. We walk with the warrior spirit deep inside and we carry within us the ancestral memories of fighting for our freedom, fighting against invaders, protecting our families and homes from those who would take them from us.
However, what marks the Wiccan Warrior different from warlike invaders is that we carefully weigh how our actions will be seen and taken after “the battle”, we battle to protect those who cannot protect themselves, we battle for justice and equality in a world filled with tragedy and hardship.competition and conflict. We also have the Moon entering Aries for a double whammy of that warrior energy.
Today, we will light a red candle and state our affirmation. My choices in materials for this are twofold. I use the Dance of Crystals Bloodstone Candle for it’s brilliant red color and because bloodstone represents courage and strength (as does the color red). I anoint this candle with Hekate – Keeper of the Crossroads Oil. The combination should move me with the conviction and strength to accomplish my goals and not be held in the past or present but passing through the crossroads into the future. While anointing my candle I will state the following in a chant:
“I fight for right. I defend myself and my family against the evildoer, I protect those who cannot protect themselves, I am involved with shaping the future of my world. Blessed Be!”
If you wish you can easily write this on parchment or Color Magick Sizzling Spell Paper to give this affirmation and spell a little extra oomph.
Ask yourself “how can I defend someone’s freedom today?” What have you battled for today?
Monday is ruled by the Moon and it is in the sign of Pisces today. Pisces is the sign of psychic power, creativity and is considered the sign of “old souls.” The Moon rules the dream world. Today we will allow ourselves time to rest.
Traditionally, witches do not work spells during the 4th quarter or Dark Moon. We will draw on this tradition today, to allow our souls time to rest and receive psychic messages from the dream world. We will not focus on the types of messages we would like to receive but simply allow the messages to come to us.
I am setting my altar now and will be performing this before bed tonight with the following items:
“Tonight I rest so that I will be at my best”
Again simply rest tonight. Do not focus on receiving messages, do not focus on what you did not get done, what you need to do. Simply be and rest.
In preparation for doing this I will turn off my computer at my desk altar and begin the process of relaxation by lighting a stick of one of my favorite incenses (Lotus Moon) and will release all my stresses through a simple visualization of opening a flow or cord to the universe to allow it to come into me through my crown down through my body and as it fills me I will release stresses down through my body and feet into the earth. This takes but a couple of minutes and is very relaxing. When I feel relaxed I will anoint my candle and light it. Taking the spell paper in my right hand I will fold it up into a small ‘football’ shape and then light it with the flame of the candle.
All the while I will be continuing to relax and simply be. After a few moments at the candle and altar I will extinguish my candle and then head to bed.
How much better will you be on every level, when you get the rest you need?
Sometimes you just need a slight push to get things moving again and one such push has happened with the thanks of some fantastic interactions with students.
Within our Wiccan community I have been revamping the magickal challenges we do and now it’s a partnership instead of a lone witch operation. This really pumps up the inspiration and thrill of working on a challenge for the community.
An extension of that I will be bringing some of these challenges to our blog to share these amazing blessings and challenges with you.
Thursday, as we have seen in the past is ruled by Jupiter, today the moon enters Aquarius. Jupiter is the planet of joy, goodwill and benevolence, while Aquarius is associated with humanitarianism.
For these attributes we will be working with the sharing of blessings and how we bring our magick to our lives and to others as well with every interaction.
I am going to anoint a green spell candle today (now they don’t burn long so this is perfect for this type of magick) with some of my Clear Quartz Gemscents oil that I got from the SM Shoppe. While I am anointing this candle I will chant the simple chant which invokes within me a sense of community and togetherness “We all come from the Goddess and to her we shall return, like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean”. Once my candle is anointed I will place it on my altar in the center next to my Dragonfly Incense Urn/Cauldron.
On a piece of Spring Green Color Magick Sizzling Spell Paper I will write my affirmation/blessing.
“I am one with those around me. By sharing my blessings, I receive blessings in return”
After I have contemplated community and the blessing before me I will light the green spell candle and then the paper with the flame of the candle.
The candle will burn completely out.
Magick always works best when you support it with mundane action. Today we share our blessings and joy with everyone we come across. If you have time or the inclination you can share your time or make a donation to a charity, cook and share a meal with family and friends. Share your talent in some way.
Personally I will be sharing my blessings with everyone I come in contact with through the joy in my voice and the willingness to help everyone to the best of my abilities. I will also be sending Reiki to everyone who comes across my mind today and share a meal with my family and extra cuddles with my pup and husband tonight. Thank you so much for sharing your blessings with me!
How can you share your blessings today?
This week I am presenting an archaeological paper at the Digital Heritage conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (excitingness!). And as I am in the birthplace of one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson, it seemed apropos to share one of my favorite works with you: one which emphasizes the notion of utilizing one’s imagination and finding fantasy and magick in the mundane elements of life.
Dickinson’s A Murmur in the Trees subtly emphasizes the idea of seeing beyond the regular world into what I have always interpreted as a sort of faerie realm or different dimension which coexists with our own. It advocates for seeing the world as brightly techno-colored as we can, and holding that close to ourselves comfortably, without insisting that others must see it as well. Though it is not overtly a magickal bit of literature, it hints at the otherworlds magickal practices attempt to reach and at a calm understanding of the unity between those worlds and our own. I do hope you enjoy it (and wish me luck at the conference!):
A MURMUR in the trees to note,
Not loud enough for wind;
A star not far enough to seek,
Nor near enough to find;
A long, long yellow on the lawn,
A hubbub as of feet;
Not audible, as ours to us,
But dapperer, more sweet;
A hurrying home of little men
To houses unperceived, –
All this, and more, if I should tell,
Would never be believed.
Of robins in the trundle bed
How many I espy
Whose nightgowns could not hide the wings,
Although I heard them try!
But then I promised ne’er to tell;
How could I break my word?
So go your way and I’ll go mine, –
No fear you’ll miss the road.