Saturday, November 3, 2018

Autumn Greeting

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Fae magick 
 is using mythological creatures instead of gods and goddesses as the basis of ritual magic.
 The Fae are not just fairies and pixies, but also gnomes, unicorns, dragons, elves, trolls and other mythological creatures. These creatures lived on our realm in the past but they moved to another realm once man started ruling the earth rather than cohabiting with its inhabitants.

How to learn Fae magick?
Fae magic is not easy to learn. It is steeped in lore and legend rather than guides and tutorials. There are a few things should be done to practice Fae magick:
Know the Fae’s limitations
Finding the Fae
Creating a magickal space
Meeting the Fae
Building trust

Each type of Fae has its own type of magick. Identifying which type of Fae magick is suitable is the first step of practicing Fae magick. Pixies are great with glamours, trolls with guarding and leprechauns with money.

Know the Fae’s Limitations
While each Fae is a magickal being, they are not all powerful. Each Fae has limitations and those limitations should be known to the practitioner.

Finding the Fae
While Fae magick can be worked anywhere, it is easier and more powerful if where Fae’s realm meets our realm is found. Traditionally, a fairy ring or ring of mushrooms can be found, but there are other ways to find where the realms meet. Usually, they are found by feeling a difference in an area. It usually feels more magickal and is off the beaten path. Take a walk in the woods, leaving the trails and paths. The Fae are hard to find, so don’t be discouraged.

Creating a Magickal Space
If a magickal area can’t be found, it can be created. Find or create an area of natural growth and cultivate it. Get to know the area. Fertilize and let it grow. Use the area for spell work and meditation. The more magick that is done in an area, the more likely the Fae will come. They are attracted to the magick. Find what trees, plants and flowers attract a particular type of Fae and build a sanctuary.
Meeting the Fae 
Once you meeting area is found or created, prepare to meet the Fae.  Bring offerings of sweets, crystals and other pretty and sparkly things. Knowing what a particular type of Fae likes makes this easier. Meditate in the area letting the Fae get use to company. The Fae will come once they are comfortable. Visualize a gateway to the Fae realm and knock on the door. Then talk to them. Tell them about the purpose behind why the presence is requested. Eventually, they will come.
Building trust

The last step to getting started with Fae magick is also the most important step: 
building trust. 
 The Fae do not trust easily. 
They expect trickery, deceit and lies. Most Fae will share their knowledge, but they do not want that information getting out to the general public.  Only share information and spells with the Fae’s permission. Be respectful. Know that if they are lied to, tricked or used, they will bring it back on the ones that did it to them.

Fae magick
 is not the easiest type of magick to learn. It is considered advanced magick by most practitioners. Learn the basics of magick first.


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November Magick

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The name comes from novem, "nine". 
The Gaulish Druids called their month of November-December "Dumanios", or 'The Darkest Depths'.

 Moon Names:

Appalachian - Apple Moon

Colonial America - Beaver Moon

Celtic - Dark Moon

Choctaw - Sassafras Moon

Cherokee - Trading Moon

Chinese - White Moon

Medieval England - Snow Moon

Neo-Pagan - Tree Moon or Mourning Moon

Wiccan - Snow Moon

Algonquian - Beaver Moon

English - Hunter's Moon

Stregheria - Larder Moon

Astrological Signs: 


October 24 - November 2  (Scorpio - Libra Cusp)
November 3 - 11 
November 12 - 22 (Scorpio - Sagittarius Cusp)

Death, Transformation and Rebirth

 Plants, Trees, Herbs and Resins: 

Cypress, Ginger, Nutmeg, hops, Wormwood, Hyssop, Mugwort, Patchouli, Rosemary, Apple, Chrysanthemum, Oak, Pine, Star Anise, Elder, Yew, Dragon's blood

Colors: Black, White, Purple, Gray, Yellow, Blue/Green

Animals:   Bat, Beaver, Deer, Dog, Falcon, Goose, Hawk, Owl, Raven, Snake, Sow, White Stag, Wolf

Stones and Crystals:   Amber, Amethyst, Apache Tear, Citrine, Obsidian, Onyx, Tiger's Eye 

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Spell A Day

Shoe Sachet for Safe Travels
Spell Date:  Saturday, November 3, 2018
Color of the day:  Brown
Incense of the day:  Magnolia
It’s holiday time—which means traveling, be it journeys to visit family, shopping trips, or just being outdoors and enjoying the sights and sounds and scents of the season. With so many people out and about, a travel talisman is in order. Back when folks traveled mainly on foot, it was customary to pop a few herbs into one’s boots to ensure a safe journey.

Make a sachet to slip into your shoes (when you’re not wearing them) to freshen them up and charge them with travel-friendly energy. Mix together equal amounts of mugwort (to prevent weariness), comfrey (for safety and protection), and mint (refreshing and hospitable), with this incantation:

"Near and far,
By foot or car,
Keep me safe where I go.
I will it be so!"

Place the mixture in black ( protective) pouches and tuck them into your shoes—just remember to take them out before wearing!

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tis the season of the Witch

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Tis the Season of the Witch
Veil is thinning
As another year is ending
Darkness thickens
Ancestors nearing
Night of Magick
Night of rebirth
a Celebration of death and new life
Tis soon we will sup with the dead
our spells be cast to banish  yesterday and prepare us for the new days
Myth,lore,and stories told
Traditions kept
O Hallows eve
All Saints Day
Day of the Dead,
But for this night 
Witches welcome Samhain 

Trick or Treat info and tips

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The trick-or-treat tradition as we know it today slowly evolved in the United States as waves of European immigrants moved to the country in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Interestingly enough, the first description of the words "trick or treat" actually appeared in a Canadian text in 1927: "The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word 'trick-or-treat' to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing." (Don’t worry about the language; the tone here was intended to be a playful one.) 

Trick-or-treating basically paused during the Great Depression and World War II, but it finally resurfaced after the war was over. At this point, you're probably wondering: Why do we pass out candy on Halloween instead of soul cakes now? Why do we trick-or-treat differently today than we did before? As it turns out, candy was simply much more popular after the war than soul cakes were, so kids began to receive those sweets instead. So unless soul cakes make a comeback, you can probably expect to continue giving out trick-or-treat candy for years to come. But don't expect any young people to sing to you before you dole it out of those Halloween candy bowls!
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Safety Tips

1. Provide adult supervision
Trick or treat is safer – not to mention more fun – in groups, and adult supervision is essential. So get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cellphones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.

2. Stay on the sidewalks
The thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door to door. Keep children on the sidewalks, and shepherd them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.

3. Carefully check candy
Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.

Costume safety tips
4. Choose bright, visible costumes
When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective tape to the material. Stick some reflective tape on their trick-or-treat bags as well so they can be easily spotted by motorists. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure they’re equipped with a flashlight or glow stick – must-have accessories for any costume.

5. Make sure costumes are well-fitted and safe
Being visible isn’t the only safety consideration for a costume. The right fit is just as important. Here’s some advice on keeping your child’s ensemble safe and secure:

Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes aren’t too big or long
Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one – it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. You can also op for makeup or face paint as an alternative
Costumes, wigs and accessories should contain a label indicating they are flame resistant
Make sure accessories such as swords, canes, or sticks are not sharp or too long
6. Makeup safety
If makeup is a part of your child’s Halloween costume plans, make sure it is non-toxic and test it on a small area first. Before your child goes to bed, make sure to remove all makeup.

Home Safety Tips
7. Jack-o-lantern safety
Young children can paint or color their pumpkins instead of carving. Or have them draw a face with markers and an adult can do the carving. Use colorful glow sticks inside your Jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent burns.

8. Home decoration safety
If you’re turning your home into a haunted house, keep safety in mind: make sure steps, sidewalks, porches and paths are well-lit and free of decorations and holiday props. Keep decorations away from fireplaces and candles.

9. Take precaution against pranks and vandalism
Unfortunately, vandalism often increases during Halloween. That’s why taking these precautions is a good idea:

If you’re going away during Halloween, make it seem like you’re still home by turning down the volume of your answering machine and phone, covering your garage windows, and leaving your curtains in normal positions with valuables out of sight.
Install outdoor lighting (activated by a photocell or movement) to illuminate the area around your home during Halloween.
Consider purchasing a security system that directly alerts police to intruders.
Trim shrubs and large trees before Halloween so trespassers have fewer hiding spots.
Make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up-to-date.
Car and driving safety tips
10. Use extra caution while driving
Drivers need to take particular care on this chaotic night. Keep your car parked if you can, but if you have to drive through a neighborhood, take it much slower than normal. Watch for kids who may dart between cars and into the road without looking. Read our Halloween Driving Safety Guide for more useful tips.

11. Protect your car
Cars are another common target of vandalism on Halloween. Here are some ways you can help secure your car:

Park inside if you can on Halloween. Your garage is your best bet. If you do not have a garage you may want to consider investing in some outdoor lighting for your driveway and yard.
Make sure your car is locked on Halloween. Oftentimes, vandals complete their missions with ease when doors are unlocked and windows are down/cracked.
Consider a car alarm.
Hide your valuables on Halloween. Don’t give thieves any extra incentive to break into your car.
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