A Drink for the Yule Season

While most of us celebrate Yule only on the Winter Solstice, Yule is actually a season. If you have northern European ancestry, your ancestors likely celebrated Yule for a period of 3-10 days, depending on where they lived and what their cultural customs were.

The first day of Yule in 2020 is December 21st and the last day is January 1st. Throughout that 11 days, any custom you celebrate for Yule is appropriate, so don’t stress over doing things only on the 21st. I know some people who plan a series of family-oriented things or rituals each day to represent or otherwise celebrate the season as long as possible.

Whatever you decide, drinks are almost always part of the festivities, and if you choose not to drink alcohol, most Yule-themed drinks can be made non-alcoholic.

Here is a recipe my husband and I made up, which we nicknamed ‘Krampus’ because why not?

What you will need (makes 3-4 standard mug-fulls):

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 orange slices
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • optional: 1/2 cup Scotch* (the smokier/peatier the better)

What you will do:

  1. Heat all the ingredients except the Scotch on the stovetop in a pan and bring to a soft boil. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes, then stir in the Scotch if you’re adding it.
  2. Garnish each mug with one of the oranges and any of the cloves if you want.

*We used Lagavulin 16, as its a nice smooth Scotch with just enough peat and smoke to really complement and contrast the sweet of the juice and cider. Any other Scotch would probably be fine though. You could also optionally substitute 1/2 of the cider with mead.

6 Magickal Affirmations to Grow Your Witchy Power

What are magickal affirmations?

Magickal affirmations are something probably many of us overlook, regardless of the stage of witchy practice we are in. I know witches and occult practitioners from novice to advanced that use this method to great success, so it would seem that its not just limited to being new at something.

Affirmations are simply positively-oriented statements that we repeat in our heads, or, for even better effect, out loud to directly and consciously change our thinking, perception, and eventually our reality.

Magickal affirmations are just applying this concept to enhancing our magickal abilities or building magickal skills and habits that we particularly want to focus on.

Orienting our thought around the acquisition of a skill or the building or a skill or ability not only puts it in the forefront of our consciousness, it also creates a direct energetic connection between our mind and our energy around this skill or ability.

How do affirmations work?

I like to think of these as a spell you do on yourself.

Affirmations create that conscious connection between our mind and our energy. This could be thought of as bringing our conscious focus to something as opposed to passively practicing something.

Think about the difference between these two statements:

I wish I could learn to read tarot more proficiently.

or

I am proficient at reading tarot.

One of those is passive and the other is active and takes possession of the act or ability.

You can practice reading tarot all day every day, but if the way you consciously think about being better at tarot is the first statement, a wish, you won’t get nearly as far as if you confidently tell yourself every day before practicing that you are already proficient or skilled at it.

This can be applied to any other skill or ability in your magickal practice, and similar to the way we write out an intention statement in the present tense (“I have acquired $100 to pay this bill” vs “I wish for $100 to pay this bill”), we are setting an intention and sending it out to the universe, but more importantly, to our self that we can and will do this thing.

Usually, affirmations are something we repeat out loud a number of times, maybe in a mirror, or maybe just ourselves upon waking or before bed. Perhaps they are something you say while getting into a trance state before a spell or ritual, or maybe you use them while meditating.

If you are unable to say an affirmation out loud for any reason, you can always focus intently on the affirmation statement in your mind, perhaps in a meditative state, or just while envisioning the desired outcome. Repeat as many times as you feel you need, usually at least 3.

You can also write out affirmation statements in a journal or diary if you are unable to say them out loud. I feel like this method does not work as well for me personally, however, that may not be the case for you, so try it and see.

What kind of affirmations should you use?

First, I think its wise to pick one or two things you want to change. If you have 10 skills or habits you want to make changes to, it won’t be as effective to work on all of them at once, as your conscious energetic focus will be spread thin.

Pick probably two max and think of what exactly you want the outcome to be. There are two main types of affirmations that most people will use:

  1. Obtaining or enhancing a skill or ability.
  2. Changing a habit, whether good or bad.

There may be others, but most will fall into one of these two categories when boiled down to their most basic form.

Just like a goal should be specific, so should an affirmation. ‘I am good at magick’ is pretty vague, but ‘My spells are successful’ is probably much better.

So nail down exactly what it is you are trying to yield from your affirmation practice. I’ve included some options here below, should you not really know where to start.

I am a powerful witch.

This one is kind of vague, but also can be used as a general confidence booster when you need it. If you’re going through a particularly low bout of self esteem or maybe just new to witching, consider starting here for a good all around magickal affirmation. This can also be used when you need to develop better ownership of yourself and your space.

Being a magickal practitioner that doubts themselves or doesn’t own their power and space can set you up for not just failure, but backfires in your magickal efforts. So, believe in yourself, you powerful witch.

I can affect my life in positive ways.

This is if you feel powerless and perhaps don’t think you can make the changes you seek, or don’t think that you really have much influence. Maybe you still live with parents who don’t accept your path, or perhaps you feel like bad things are always happening to you.

You can affect your life in positive ways, and as soon as you start saying it, you can move on from where you are.

I wield ultimate influence over every aspect of my life.

This is a bit more specific version of the previous affirmation statement, and good for when you need to claim yourself, your space, and your power/energy. This is for those who want to break free of toxic people or places, who need to step into their power finally, and for those struggling to realize they are just divine beings inhabiting a physical shell.

I am a successful [insert whatever you want here- profession, type of witch, etc].

Let’s say you need something even more specific to happen. Perhaps you just started out as a writer. ‘I am a successful writer’ or even ‘My work will be published this year’ could be options here.

‘I am a successful kitchen witch’ might be more what you’re looking for, as you learn more about a particular path within magick and witchcraft.

My spells are successful.

I don’t know that this really needs any explanation. If you doubt your abilities and don’t think your spells will work, then they won’t. Try this magickal affirmation each day to build your confidence.

I will learn [insert subject or skill here- tarot, runes, to control psychic powers, etc].

Again, self-explanatory. What magickal skills do you want to improve at? Create a magickal affirmation statement to build your confidence and consciously grow the energetic connection you have to those skillsets.


Hopefully that gives you some ideas for where to start with magickal affirmations. These spells on yourself require nothing other than your focus and energy while saying or thinking them and over time, if you do this for a month or so, you should see yourself gain the things you are asking for simply by applying your conscious focus to those efforts.

5 magickal uses of cloves

It’s fall and winter is fast approaching. The scent of cloves will be all over the place, from retail stores, to holiday-scented candles, to baking spices.

What’s not to love about the way cloves smell? They (usually) make us feel happy, perhaps nostalgic, and even inspired. And there’s a reason for that. Cloves (Sygizium aromaticum) have long been used in kitchen witchery, hedge witchery, and folk magick because of their powerful properties.

Cloves are aligned with the element Fire, associated with Jupiter and masculine energy.

Cloves Attract Wealth and Financial Success

Perhaps one of their best-known magickal attributes is their association with money-drawing and wealth. And, after the year we’ve had in 2020, who couldn’t use a little (or a lot) extra money help?

A great way to attract money or wealth is to use cloves in kitchen spell. You can boil them all day on your stovetop with some fruit (oranges and apples work well), perhaps some mint leaves for additional wealth-boosting power, and some positive affirmations such as ‘I attract wealth and beneficial financial opportunities’ as you stir the pot throughout the day.

The scent of the cloves cooking with those other plants will permeate your house and raise the vibrations, welcoming in opportunities and drawing to you the wealth you ask for.

You can also add them to a floor wash, either as several drops of essential oil, or use the leftover boiled water from your stovetop pot and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz your floors, particularly those around the entrance to your home and mop lightly. If you have carpet, you can also spray the door frame and threshold.

Cloves Bring Mental Clarity

Tough decisions to make or feeling like you aren’t focused? Cloves can be used to clear your mind and focus better on what is important. You can also use them to help you sort out information to make better decisions.

Rub a drop or two of clove essential oil on your temples (you may want to dilute in a few drops of carrier oil) as you take a moment to clear your head and ask important questions.

You can also keep a few cloves in a charm bag or just in your pocket or purse as you go about your day to keep your thinking clear and unobstructed.

Cloves Ward Off Evil Spirits

Cloves are a purifying plant, which can remove spirits with ill intent from a space, so they are often used in banishing or purification incense or rituals for that reason. They can also be placed in charm bags to place above doorways or windows, or ground and sprinkled on your thresholds to ward off those who would do you harm.

As a purifier, you can add clove essential oil to a spray bottle of spring water and spritz in the corners of rooms, on mirrors, or other areas where energy stagnates or seems to get heavy. Cloves will uplift the energy those spaces and welcome in positive energy.

Cloves Attract Love

They are said to be an aphrodisiac and can be added to food you cook for someone you wish to fall in love with you, or can be used in love or sexuality spells to enhance passion and romance.

The scent of cloves alone may be enough to stimulate some individuals’ senses and promote feelings of love or sensuality, as the spicy nature of the plant naturally promotes passion.

Cloves Are Protective

Because they are shaped like nails, they have been associated with protection by several cultures. Nails are commonly used in protection spells or workings, partly for their iron content, but also because of their ability to bind one thing to another.

The principle of sympathetic magick applies to the protection abilities of cloves, as they are not made of iron, which is the principle reason nails are considered protective, yet they resemble and represent iron nails in nature, therefore can be used as symbols of such in magick.

Carry cloves with you if you need some extra psychic protection, place them above thresholds to protect spaces, or grind them and add them to dressings for candles or other items used in protection spells, especially those for protection from illness or bad health.

So, maybe this fall and winter, as you get lost in all the favorite scents of the season, try to pick out the cloves in all the candles, incenses, body sprays, and potpourri.

magick you can do on wednesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Wednesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Wednesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Wednesday

Mercury is the planet associated or corresponding to Wednesday on the calendar. Mercury energy is intellectual, artistic, psychic, and governs communication.

Wednesday is also most closely associated with the element air, which relates to knowledge, enlightenment, wisdom, and especially writing. Mercury is also associated with healing, travel, learning, and teaching, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving health, poetry or creative writing, psychic development, and acquiring knowledge.

It is the 3rd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 3 numerology.

Deities Associated with Wednesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Wednesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with [planet], Wednesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Wednesday include:

  • Odin, for which the day is named (Woden; ON) is perhaps the most well-known deity associated with Wednesday (Norse)
  • Mercury (Roman)
  • Hermes (Greek)
  • Nabut (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Brahma (Hindu)
  • Buddha (Buddhism)
  • Djehuti (Thoth) (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Wednesday

  • Colors: blue, red
  • Zodiac: Virgo/Gemini
  • Tarot: The Hermit
  • Good for communication or public speaking spells
  • Spells for travel or safe passage
  • Spells or work for psychic abilities
  • Spells for healing
  • All things divination
  • Spells for enlightenment or knowledge-seeking
  • Spells for inspiration, especially if your art is written word
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • lilac
  • anise
  • hyssop
  • chickweed
  • cinquefoil
  • dill
  • fern
  • juniper
  • lemon grass
  • marjoram
  • parsley
  • sweet pea
  • vervain
  • benzoin (incense)
  • opal
  • agate
  • jade
  • hematite
  • garnet
  • bloodstone
  • mercury (metal)

how to work with a pendulum

Pendulums are perhaps one of the easiest divination methods you can start with, as they require no memorization complex imagery or symbolism, and they can be effectively employed for a variety of uses, not just ‘yes/no’ questions, either.

What You Can Use as a Pendulum

You do not need to spend a lot of money to buy a special pendulum, although you certainly can.

If you are short on funds, you can simply use anything that you can attach and suspend on the end of a string, chain, yarn, or other length of something from which it can freely dangle.

Here are some things I have used, or know people who have used, and they’ve all worked well:

  • a pendant necklace, especially if it has a stone or crystal that comes to a point, or has a narrower end pointing down
  • a key tied to a piece of string
  • a small rock that you can tie onto a string or yarn
  • a cross hanging from something
  • an earring with a metal or stone/crystal hanging from it
  • you probably get the idea now

Essentially, as long as whatever you suspend from the end of the string, cord, or chain can freely move and is not impeded or otherwise affected by its shape, the chain/string/yarn, then you can likely use it as a pendulum.

Consecrating Your Pendulum

I prefer to designate my pendulum for this specific purpose, once I finally purchased one that was an actual pendulum. Before, that, however, I used a carnelian stone pendant necklace, and would usually cleanse it prior to and after use, so that I could also still wear it when I wanted without the sticky energies that you may or may not pick up with a pendulum from time to time.

I wrote this post on consecrating magickal tools, so I won’t recap that here, but will just say its generally good practice to consecrate something that you will be dedicating to this purpose.

Do You Need to Cleanse Your Pendulum?

Believe it or not, there is some controversy here. I know psychic mediums that say no, if you’re using a crystal/mineral-based pendulum dedicated to that purpose, pendulums are self-cleaning, similar to selenite crystals.

Others I know state that you should cleanse it before and after use, using salt water.

I would say that I can feel when there is energy sticking to my pendulum that I do not want, and I will cleanse it then. You can physically cleanse it, or psychically cleanse it, whichever you prefer.

If you prefer to psychically cleanse it, my method that I find works especially well is to center and ground myself well, first. Once I feel a nice strong connection of roots to the earth, I grasp the pendulum in my dominant hand, then visualize drawing up rushing underground water energy, let it flow up my roots, into my base chakra, up through the rest of my chakras, and visualize it circulating up and down my chakras for about 30 seconds, to clean them.

Then I push the swirling water out toward my exterior, letting it flow around me in a whirling manner. I am cleansing my aura here. Once I feel as if I have effectively done both of those things, I send the water down my arm into my hand where the pendulum is, and swirl it around that, washing, cleansing, and purifying it. I direct that water, and all the rest, back down my chakras, through my root, then down through the roots I am connecting to the earth.

Once all the water has ‘flushed’ and drained, I fill the pendulum back up with my energy, any specific instructions I have for it, and thank it for helping me. Fairly simple. I would like to note that I have a LOT of water in my chart, so water is one of the elements I most comfortably visualize. Feel free to substitute one you feel more comfortable with if you use this method.

Back to the question of cleansing, though. Depending on what you are doing with your pendulum and whether you are performing a banishing beforehand, or using in a space that is well warded vs not warded, and who/what you are contacting or attempting to contact to communicate through your pendulum, you may want to cleanse it afterward.

A friend of mine does not cleanse her pendulums that are crystal/minerals, but does cleanse other items such as keys, jewelry, etc.

The bottom line is, you’ll feel it if it needs to be cleansed and if your intuition tells you to cleanse it, then do.

How to Use Your Pendulum

Now that we got the formalities out of the way, here’s what you probably came for. Whether or not you cast a circle is entirely up to you, but I would at least recommend doing a basic banishing if you are seeking contact with spirits for communication, as well as setting some ground rules for your session.

Ground rules are where you specify who can and cannot be present to communicate with you in your space. I use a statement such as “Only those spirits or beings with my highest good in mind or who seek only to help me may enter my space today. Those who wish me harm or have ill intent may not enter.”

You can come up with your own variation that, depending on your situation. If you’re trying to contact Grandma Sue and in life she hated you and you hated her, then she’s not gonna be much different in death and that statement would effectively bar her from communicating, so just keep that in mind.

You could decide whether you want to cleanse yourself and your space, and to what degree. I will usually have some incense going in my space for a good 10-15 min prior to a session, to get it nice and comfortable, as well as create a welcoming environment for spirit guides and ancestors.

If you are new to using a pendulum, you’ve probably purchased, printed, or drawn a pendulum answer board. I would recommend avoiding this at first until you know how your pendulum will work with you.

Figure out your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses

To figure out your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers, get something flat and circular, or draw a circle on a piece of paper. Hold the pendulum up over the circle, keep your elbow free from being pinned to any surfaces or your side (these can actually impede your energy flow through your arm) and out loud or in your head state “show me ‘yes’ in a circle.’

Whichever way the pendulum spins for you is your ‘yes’ response. Regardless of whether it is clockwise or counterclockwise. And, whichever way it spins for you will be the way that all pendulums will spin for you for that response.

At this point, I like to just check that answer with another statement “show me ‘no’ in a circle.” It should be the opposite direction of how your ‘yes’ response moved, but every once in a while someone gets either no response or the same.

Go back and double check your ‘yes’ a couple times to be sure, then make sure you are loose, not tense, take a few deep breaths, and stop trying to overthink it. These are usually the reason behind getting no response or unclear movement from a pendulum.

At this point, you can begin asking questions, or welcome any spirits you have asked to be present to communicate with, etc.

Using a Pendulum for Questions with Answers Other Than Yes and No

You can get other answers from a pendulum, and you don’t even need to have a fancy pendulum board, however, you can use one if you’d like.

Here are some alternatives to just yes and no questions:

  • use a pendulum with a Ouija board, moving the pendulum across the letters and making note of the ones where it begins to spin in the direction of your ‘yes’ response
  • make a chart with numbers in intervals of 10, as percentages and ask what is the likelihood some particular event will take place
  • write on a piece of paper a number of options among which you are trying to decide which is the best and ask which to choose, the pendulum will spin in your ‘yes’ direction on the best option
  • use it to locate a lost item; walk through your space and ask where your lost item is, watch for the pendulum to spin in the location it was last in
  • use it to clear energy in a space; I have not personally use it for this, but do know of people who use it to remove negative or stagnant energy in a location; it will begin to spin rapidly when it encounters energy that needs to be removed, cleansing the space for you

How to Close a Pendulum Session

Everyone seems to have their own preferred method for this and I think there will be variables you should consider when deciding how to close your session.

If you are not contacting anyone in particular, but merely asking questions about a decision or event, simply thank the pendulum and mentally close down or end the session and ground yourself.

If you are working with spirit guides or ancestors, its good practice to thank them and say something along the lines of ‘go if you must, stay if you will.’

If you are working with a deity as part of a larger ritual, spell, or offering/dedication, its always good practice to thank them and leave an offering they like. Deities will generally communicate how they prefer to be thanked and what offerings they like, but you can find a lot of information online about this.

Also, generally its not good etiquette to dismiss a deity, rather you will want to thank them and say that you are done asking questions and that they are free to go. Banishing them is considered rude, unless for some reason you feel uncomfortable or threatened, and then, perhaps, this may not be for you.

If you question whether the spirit you are communicating with is truly who they say they are, or whether their intentions are benevolent toward you, its probably best to ask them to leave, cleanse your space, and make sure you’ve appropriately warded your space (if you are using your pendulum somewhere that can be warded), or perhaps create stronger ground rules next time.

There are so many different types of pendulums and what they can be made of, so I won’t go into that in this post, but perhaps in a future post I will discuss the strengths if using a particular type of pendulum vs others.

remove your ego from your practice and become a better witch

I want to share some thoughts based on a discussion I had the other day with my husband. He had been reading Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday. It’s a great book, and one I recommend all the time, regardless of whether you’re on a magickal, occult, or spiritual path at all.

But especially if you’re on a magickal, occult, or spiritual path. So, let’s talk about ego in magick or the occult.

Ego is something I see in a ton of new witches, but experienced ones alike. I see it in witches of all paths and cultures. Its not something that anyone is immune to. I had to battle with it myself when I first started this journey, and do occasionally still have to check my ego from time to time.

But why I’m writing this is the simple fact that so many of us could be doing so much better if we would completely remove ourselves from the equation. What I mean by that is that 90+% of the time, something someone said to you or did to you has nothing to do with you at all.

That person is miserable, unhappy, chaotic, or otherwise struggling to hold on, and you were just convenient.

They may have bad or destructive habits that affect you, but they’re not consciously trying to affect you. They’re just not in control and they’re projecting all that out around them to whatever and whoever is closest.

Most of the time, you don’t even need to be involved in anyone else’s bullshit. Most of the time, you’re focusing on what others are doing and how you think they think about you, instead of fixing the way you think about yourself.

Someone called you a name on the internet? It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them being a shitty, small, insecure person. Someone gave you the evil eye? It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with their ego and pettiness. And so on. You get the picture.

And you continue to feed their ego when you continue to let them affect you. Your own ego drives this.

What is Ego?

Let me go here for a minute so we’re all on the same page with what I’m referring to.

Dictionary. com defines this in two ways:

the “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.

Psychoanalysis: the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment.

In this post, I’m referring to the second definition, as it pertains to psychoanalysis. The ego is the sense of self-importance.

Self-Importance Will Ruin Your Magick

Of course you should be the most important person in your life. So this isn’t some diatribe on always putting others first. Put yourself first almost all of the time, and help others as much as you can without depleting yourself in the process.

Many of us find, choose, or stumble upon this path because we feel pulled or called to it. Or maybe they are healers of one kind and decide the magickal or spiritual healing path is better suited to them.

Others because its something they’ve grown up with in their family or culture. And others, still, because they want to obtain power, influence, material wealth, exact revenge, or some other reason of personal gain.

Whatever the reason, we’re here now. But the last group, let’s be real. There’s a little bit of this in all of us.

Who hasn’t at least once wanted to be more skilled, more powerful, wealthier (crystals are fucking expensive ok), or some other intent that centers around a personal or selfish desire?

And that’s okay. Its human nature to want to fulfill your basic human needs like shelter, food, warmth, and socialization. Not mad at anyone ’cause this is me, too.

But then we all know at least one person (or maybe its our own self) that is on this path to seek power and control. They’re driven by their ego’s need to be recognized as important. They won’t think twice about throwing a curse. Their only end goal is to be smarter, more skilled, more whatever than everyone else, simply to be able to say they are and have control. They prefer being feared to being respected.

And everything with those people is personal. You know exactly what I mean. They constantly think someone is criticizing them, trying to curse them, doesn’t like them, is a threat to them, is attacking their ideas, and so on and so forth.

This person’s ego is massive. They are incredibly self-important. And its 1000% preventing this person from truly realizing spiritual enlightenment.

I can guarantee you that the more you think of yourself as better, and the more reactive you are to what others say and do, the more you limit your own growth. The minute you head down this path of thinking, you effectively shut off the access your spirit has to higher consciousness.

You are literally what is standing in your own way.

The biggest lesson in this is that you, yes you, are connected to everything. And everyone. We are all one big ‘All One’ of energy. So, when you energetically send your ego after someone, the ripples effect you just as much.

And I’m not talking about the rule of 3. I’m talking about energetic connectedness. Every effort you put into caring what someone said or did, you create an energetic bridge to them, and you just keep on laying bricks down across it for as long as you care.

What if You Stop Giving a Fuck?

This is where my life changed dramatically. And if I can pass on one tip as my legacy to new witches it is this. Stop giving a fuck about literally everyone else. Your family, your partner, your boss, your kids. Remove all them for a second and look at just you. Just who and what you are.

What would make you happy (extremely, truly, unreservedly, unapologetically, ecstatically happy) with yourself so that you can achieve anything in life you want? Do you need any of those other people’s opinions to get there?

How much time does your brain spend per day occupied with other people compared to occupied with you?

This is where we differentiate between loving yourself and knowing that you are valuable and important, yet at the same time insignificant in the greater picture, as are we all…

and

being self-important, thinking everything should revolve around you, using people, looking down on others, letting insecurity guide your decisions and reactions, or generally being self-centered to the extent of unnecessarily and excessively harming others in the process.

Option A is where we remove ego and act from a place of realizing that every action, thought, and spoken word has power over others, but also over us.

Every time I throw shade on someone, I’m throwing a little back on myself. Every time I worry about someone’s opinion of me, I hand them power over me. Every time I don’t live to fulfill my own happiness, I am telling myself that I don’t matter to anyone, especially me.

So, what I’m saying here is not to not do magick for yourself. Always do magick for yourself, and for others if you can.

But if you approach magick and spirituality with the mindset that the vast majority of the time, you do not need to be involved in whatever energetic bullshit is dragging other people down, and you don’t need to take things personally, and you do not have to let someone affect you if you don’t want them to, its like the best fucking energetic shield you can conjure.

Start asking this one question every time you feel yourself getting ready to react to someone or something: Is this really even about me? And is it my responsibility to do something about this?

I think you’ll find you free yourself of many energetic burdens and connections you’ve likely been carrying around for a while.

magickal symbolism of the cow

There are few animals as revered, worshipped, symbolized, and even spiritually elevated as the cow. Across the globe, this ruminant has been featured in almost every culture’s mythology.

In this post, I’ll be discussing just the cow, not the bull, as their symbolism is quite different in most cultures.

It is likely that the cow featured so prominently in spiritual or mythological symbolism due to its many beneficial products which can be derived of it or its body.

The cow provides milk, butter, cheese, meat, hide, and even fertilizer in the form of its manure- all of which could be obtained for nothing more than some pasture land on which to graze, or regular hay or grasses.

And, if that’s not enough, she provided calves, which could be raised, bred, and therefore produce additional cows and bulls, sustaining the human societies who domesticated them.

Because of its extreme value in that respect, it was common to see prices for every major purchase (including people) in the prices of cows or head of cows.

The cow symbolizes life, fertility, motherhood, maternal instinct, reproduction,

Tales of the Cow

There are probably tales of cows in every culture, however, there are several which stand out or are more well-known, probably only because of better historical documentation preservation in those parts of the world.

Cows and the Norse

The Norse primeval cow Audhumla licked away salt blocks, to reveal Buri, the ancestor of the gods. Her milk fed the frost giant Ymir, from whose body the world was formed. This may be where the term ‘Milky Way’ came from, in reference to the galaxy in which our planet resides, however, it is difficult to attribute this to only the Norse stories of the cow.

Cows and the Egyptians

The Egyptian cow-headed goddess Hathor is one of the most prominent in the Khemetic pantheon or path. She gave birth to the son, which was her ‘golden calf,’ and her horns were the crescent of the moon. You may also see this goddess referred to as Ahet. Amulet’s with the head of Hathor or Ahet were worn by women in the Nile Valley to ensure fertility.

There is a triple goddess in the combination of Hathor, Isis, and Nut, representing the heavens, the underworld, and the earth in between.

Cows in India

The Hindu religion includes Dharma, the cow which represents the four stages, or cosmic ages (yugas), the world went through (and is currently in the last stage, the most unstable).

The cow enjoys a peaceful and free existence still today in India, due to its sacred status. The cow is also associated with the god Krishna, who was a young cowherd. They are considered the rain which fertilizes the Earth and the clouds which contain the water of heaven. They were even brought to the bedside of those who were dying, in order to allow them guidance into the afterlife.

Cows in Mesopotamia and Sumer

These often get grouped together as they developed overlapping in this region of the world. Cows were depicted as the Great Mother or Great Cow, and thought to have fed the waters of the Nile and other major life-bringing rivers of the region with their milk.

The cow was very much associated with fertility goddesses in this region. They may have been associated with either or both the Sun (as in Egypt) and the Moon. The cow’s horns were depicted along with or cradling the crescent or full moon.

Cows and Buddhism

Similar to the Hindu approach to cow veneration, Buddhists (many of whom practice vegetarianism and consider it taboo to eat a cow) will often say that to take care of a cow, is to take care of all living things.

Cows in Buddhism were also venerated because they may be the souls of those trying to ascend to higher spiritual incarnations, therefore, if they are killed and eaten, so is the soul within it.

Cows and Magick

History of the cow aside, you may now have a better idea of what the cow symbolizes, therefore, you can probably think of some ways you can use this symbolism in your spiritual or magickal practice:

  • use bones (please obtain them ethically) from a cow in spells, charms, or other works for fertility and abundance
  • use milk in spells for fertility, abundance, peace, motherhood/parenting
  • use milk or cow bones to ask for fertility in a new business venture
  • take a milk bath to cleanse, purify, or uncross yourself
  • add a splash of milk to your tea spells to give them an abundant boost
  • use milk to anoint spell candles for love or other relationship matters as a protective love-boosting ingredient
  • place a bowl of milk out for stray cats to honor any goddesses such as Bastet, Freya, or Sekhmet

and last, you can simply place a cow image, sculpture, or statue on an altar to any of the deities or spirits associated with cows, such as:

  • Hathor/Ahet
  • Krishna
  • Prithi and Prithva
  • Buddha
  • Nut
  • Neith
  • Damona/Boann (Celtic)
  • Phaethusa (Greek)

magick you can do on tuesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Tuesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Tuesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Tuesdays

Mars is the planet associated or corresponding to Tuesday on the calendar. Mars energy is strong, masculine, aggressive, and sexually potent.

Tuesday is also most closely associated with the element fire, which relates to passion, destruction, creativity, and strength. Mars is also associated with war, competition, and physicality, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving success, strength, and triumph.

It is the 2nd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 2 numerology.

Deities Associated with Tuesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Tuesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with Mars, Tuesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Tuesday include:

  • Ares (Greek)
  • Mars (Roman)
  • Nergal (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Durga (Hindu)
  • Kali (Hindu)
  • Hanuman (Hindu)
  • Tiw/Tiu (Norse)
  • Tiwaz (Norse)
  • Tyr (Norse)
  • Anubis (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Tuesday

  • Colors: Red
  • Zodiac: Aries (Fire of Mars, Scorpio (Water of Mars)
  • Tarot: The Tower
  • Good for courage and strength spells
  • Spells for revenge/vengeance
  • Spells or work for war or battles
  • All things defense/protection
  • Spells for servicemembers or individuals fighting for a cause
  • Spells for sexual potency/virility
  • thistles
  • garlic
  • maca
  • dandelion
  • arrowroot
  • rue
  • basil
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • chives
  • aloe
  • chickweed
  • dragon’s blood incense
  • bloodstone
  • red jasper
  • rubies
  • lodestone
  • hematite
  • iron (metal)

10 magickal ways to use dandelion

If you think dandelions are just a weed, think again! These hardy, bold little flowers are not only completely edible, but contain a whole host of herbal, medicinal, and magickal properties.

You Can Eat Every Part of the Dandelion Plant

This is one of the coolest things about the dandelion. Many flowering plants are partially edible, particularly the petals or perhaps the leaves, too, but the dandelion is completely edible. You can eat the flowering part, the leaves/stem, and the roots!

The flower heads have a mild sweet flavor and make a great tea which can have diuretic effects, as well as can be used to make wine.

Dandelion leaves are commonly eaten on salads or sandwiches, and the roots can be used to make tea, support healthy liver function, and bile production.

*none of the information on this website is meant to be used as health or medical advice and should not be used to treat or cure medical problems. Consult a qualified healthcare provider before consuming any plants or medicines.

You Can Make Wishes With Dandelions

I don’t know if I know anyone who hasn’t picked up a dandelion that has turned from yellow to its fluffy white cloud of seeds and blown them into the wind. But did you know that you can make a wish (which is kind of a spell, right?) while you do that?

This is a great spur of the moment and budget spell that virtually all of us can do if we happen upon a seeded dandelion while outdoors.

Picture your intended outcome, blow the seeds into the wind and picture them carrying your wish out into the universe.

You Can Enhance Your Psychic Ability

Dried dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots can be made into a tea to open up our receptivity to information downloads from spirit or universal consciousness.

You can also keep the dried flowers or herb in a sachet under your pillow to enhance psychic dreams.

Drink a dandelion tea before reading cards, bones, working with the pendulum, or other forms of divination.

You Can Use Dandelion to Communicate With Spirits

The dried flower placed on your altar or workspace will aid in calling spirits. The dandelion tea mentioned above can also enhance your ability to communicate with spirits.

If you keep dandelions with you or near you, you may be more likely to invite spirits to visit with you.

You Can Use Dandelion to Let Go of Thoughts and Habits

Just like the wish, you can visualize a particular bad habit or negative thought process flowing from you into the dandelion, and, as you blow the fluffy cloud of seeds away, blowing away what you want to let go of.

This can help you to offload negativity, limiting thoughts or behaviors, or other things that hold you back.

You Can Use Dandelion to Become Stronger

If you find yourself with a lack of boldness, courage, or assertiveness, incorporate dandelion into spells or meditations that are geared toward increasing your ability to stand your ground, stand up for yourself, and get what you want in life, relationships, and careers.

If you think about how dandelions are often viewed as an invasive weed, and are difficult to eradicate once they show up, you can draw from that strength and assertiveness of the plant to call those qualities to yourself.

You Can Connect to Hecate Better With Dandelion

Dandelions have historically been associated with a number of goddesses, but very closely to Hecate, especially in her triple goddess form.

The dandelion can help you connect to your three selves (higher self, shadow self, and mundane self).

You can make offerings of dandelion wreaths, teas, or other creative crafts to give to the goddess.

Use Dandelions on Your Altar in a Spring Beltane Bouquet

These colorful blooms make an excellent addition to bouquets of freshly picked flowers to place on your Beltane altar, or around your home on Beltane.

Dandelions do wilt quickly, so you may only have these bright blossoms for a day or two, and its best to gather them the day you want to display them.

Use Dandelions to Bring Sun Year-Round

Dandelion has solar energy, so is most associated with spring and summer rituals, but you can also use it to bring a little sun to the rest of your year when things get darker and colder.

If you gather a bunch of them during the warmer months, you can press them between the pages of old books so that they will dry out and remain preserved for when you need to add some sun to your magick or just to your life later in the year.

Use Dandelions to Welcome Helpful Spirits

Because of their aforementioned connection to spirits and spirit communication, placing dandelions in bouquets in your home or creating wreaths or art with dried dandelions can aid in creating a welcoming environment for beneficial spirits, such as ancestors and spirit guides.

Because of their cheerful disposition and bright color, these are also good for making yourself feel welcome and comfortable in your space.

how to open your crown chakra

The crown chakra is your 7th chakra and is located just above your head (about an inch). It is associated with the color white, but can also be associated with the rainbow spectrum (as white is made up of all the other color wavelengths).

The crown chakra is your connection to the universal or collective consciousness and when it is open and working correctly, it functions as a direct line to information downloads, particularly our psychic senses.

When it is blocked, you may feel as if your higher consciousness is blocked, you may experience endocrine imbalances (imbalances in your hormones), and you may also experience low mood or trouble feeling energetically connected. You may also feel pessimistic or cynical, or spending too much time in your own head and obsessing over the past.

When it is open, you are more easily able to perceive universal source, information, enlightenment, higher self, higher levels of consciousness, set aside ego, and be present in each moment. You can also experience spiritual growth more effectively.

Here are some tips for promoting an open and balanced crown chakra:

  1. Reduce your material possessions. You can do this by cleaning out and getting rid of excess stuff around your home, closet, and storage that you do not need or use. Donate things to charities for those who need goods. Keep your space and life tidy and uncluttered. Detach from the sense of needing to have material possessions as status or symbols.
  2. Visualize connecting to celestial energy through your crown chakra. Picture it glowing white or violet and radiating branches, rays, or other extension upwards. Visualize it connecting with the universal energy and sending/receiving love and peace. The more you work on this visualization, the stronger this connection will be.
  3. Essential oils like frankincense and sandalwood can be applied to the top of the head to stimulate the crown chakra before or during meditation or visualization practices.
  4. Crystals like clear quartz, amethyst, kyanite, or moonstone can be used to meditate with. A tip I learned from someone working in energy healing is to place a crystal on top of your head (where your crown chakra is) and to hold a pendulum over the the crystal and chakra. The pendulum will begin to cleanse the blockage from the chakra. You may need to repeat this several times to fully clear a stagnant or blocked chakra. This also works for other blocked chakras, by the way.

Once you begin to feel the crown chakra is open or less blocked, regular meditation and visualization can keep it balanced. Cleansing your chakras on a regular basis is usually a good practice, especially if you are sensitive to energies, do energy work of any kind, or engage in regular spiritual practice.

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