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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the
Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious—especially while traveling.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions.Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick
involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
ay’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Tasha’s Astro Planner for August 2017
Mon. 8/21 Creative Leo Moon hosts the potentially life changing eclipse, lingering Trine effects could enhance realizations. Venus/Pluto opposition may speed transformations. 4 PM Analytical Virgo Moon helps make sense of it all.
Tue. 8/22 Organized Virgo Moon helps pick up the pieces and arrange them. Sun into Virgo ushers in diligence.
Wed. 8/23 Particular Virgo Moon helps us proceed with perceptive care.
Thu. 8/24 Gentle Libra Moon says seek out beauty. Venus/Uranus square could help bring unusual choices.
Fri. 8/25 Artistic Libra Moon says practice your art. Saturn turns direct enhancing progress with structure and order.
Sat. 8/26 Scientific Scorpio Moon helps find solutions to problems.
Sun. 8/27 Passionate Scorpio Moon suggests a lovers tryst. Jupiter/Saturn sextile brings a potential for long term benefit.
Mon. 8/28 Persistent Scorpio Moon helps us stick to tasks, 4 PM playful Sagittarius Moon says get out of doors.
Tue. 8/29 Adventuresome Sagittarius Moon says plan a trip today.
Wed. 8/30 Philosophical Sagittarius Moon helps us keep calm.
Thu. 8/31 Hard working Capricorn Moon helps get things done. Mercury backs into Playful Leo for a return to thoughts of fun.
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Spell Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Make a protection bundle using a combination of herbs and stones. Here are some plants you may already have on hand: basil, clove, dill, fennel, ivy, lavender, lilac, marigold, mint, oak, parsley, rosemary, or sage. Good stone choices include black tourmaline, clear quartz, garnet, iron, obsidian, tiger’s eye, and turquoise.
Place your combination inside a red or white drawstring bag or piece of fabric that you can tie closed with a ribbon. Visualize your goal and charge the bundle with these words:
“This talisman shall be a guard,
A symbol to protect and shield,
Bringing safety where I go,
Threats or danger be revealed.”
Carry the bundle with you.
This post was written by Ember Grant on August 22, 2017
Spell Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
Today is the new moon. There will also be a solar eclipse today at about 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, when the moon travels between the sun and the earth. In the tarot, the Sun card symbolizes day, logic, exposure, manifestation, and success. The Moon card stands for night, intuition, secrets, dreams, and cycles. An eclipse represents the moon venturing into the sun’s domain. It is a time when the inner world takes over the outer.
This is the perfect time for a spell to draw insights from deep within the self’s well. For this spell, you will need the Sun and Moon cards from a tarot deck and a fishhook on a thread. Sandwich the hook between the cards, with the Moon card on top, and leave them in the light of the eclipse. Then pull the hook from between the cards, visualizing that it brings messages from your intuition. Write down everything that comes to mind, and choose one idea to act on.
This post was written by Elizabeth Barrette on August 21, 2017
The Magick Box
Spell Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Create your own “magick box,” a treasure trove of goodies and items full of magickal potential.
You’ll need a small box—ideally made of natural materials. Decorate it to suit your purposes or preferences with words, sigils, symbols, decorative papers or tape, or whatever inspires you. On the inside of the lid, write: “Magick Box: Take Something/Leave Something.” Fill the box with items that could be used for magickal workings: beads, crystals, stones, small figurines, twigs, scraps of fabric, small candles, marbles, miniature tarot cards, or whatever you can find.
When the need for magick seizes you, open the box and say:
“Deep into this box I reach.
Answers, now, my fingers seek.”
Pull an item—it will probably be exactly what you need! You can use the box for divination, too: ask a question and pull a response. Be sure to keep adding to the contents as well. May your magick box grow ever in power!
This post was written by Susan Pesznecker on August 20, 2017
Spell Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Here in the United States, the heat of the summer is upon us, bringing with it the song of the cicada. Jarring to some, melodious to others, the song was music to the ears of the ancients.
Cicadas represent rebirth, resurrection, carefree living, and immortality. They signify extreme good luck. References to the insect are found in Homer’s Iliad. Sacred to Apollo and considered a delicacy by Aristotle, cicadas appear in ancient Chinese artworks.
Never kill a cicada. However, if you spot a dead one, you can preserve it in a jar with a glycerin packet. Keep it in a cool, dry spot for positive energy. It can also be used on your altar for various healing or prosperity spells.
This post was written by Emyme on August 19, 2017
National Parks and Protected Spaces
Spell Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
It’s Friday and the weekend is almost here. We’re at the height of summer and good times abound. Before you head out this weekend, take a moment to remember our national parks, which so many of us flock to this time of year.
In 1951, the arrowhead became the symbol of the National Park Service. A bison, sequoia trees, mountains, and water are incorporated into this logo.
For this spell, draw an arrowhead. Write on your arrowhead things you love about protected spaces and national parks. Light a green candle and give thanks for all the blessings we receive from spending time in nature. Light the paper from the candle and allow the paper to burn to ashes in a fireproof container. Let the candle burn down. Scatter the ashes the next time you’re in an open space or national park.
This post was written by Najah Lightfoot on August 18, 2017
Calling on the Goddess
Spell Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
For many Witches, connecting with the Goddess is an important part of their spiritual practice. No matter how you envision her or what name you use, it is a good idea occasionally to take time for a little chat with our great Mother. This is a good spell to use under a full moon, but really there is no wrong time to call to the Goddess:
“Great Goddess, fair lady of the moon,
Maiden, mother, and crone,
Enchantress, huntress, wise one,
Come to me now and share your wisdom.
Grant me a moment of your grace and peace.
Comfort me with your deep and abiding love,
And know that I love you back with all of my heart.
Great Goddess, I call to you.
Great Goddess, I call to you.
Great Goddess I call to you.
In perfect love and perfect trust I call.”
This post was written by Deborah Blake on August 17, 2017
Heartwings Love Notes 789: When Less is More
Heartwings says, “A special experience need not be large size or amount.”
I slowly savored the taste of the delicious white peach from the farm stand. I had peeled and cut up several and mixed them with a few native blueberries and a little almond creamer for Stephen and me. As I ate another spoonful I thought about the special quality of white peaches and the brevity of their season. Eating locally grown fruit of this kind is something to be cherished. I took my time tasting this wonderful treat. “Less is truly more,” I said.
Stephen nodded and replied, “like fillet mignon.” I asked him to explain. “Well it is expensive so I don’t have it very often,” he began, “and it’s usually served in smallish portions, so you don’t get as much, I suppose because it is so rich. Then,” he went on after a pause, “there’s the idea that beef of any kind is not as good for me as fish or chicken, and I am aiming for longevity. So less is more, just like your peaches.”
I nodded; together we gathered up the dishes, put them in the sink and went on with our day. I continued to think about less being more. For instance, eating less means more room in the clothes as I lose weight, and because I can’t eat as much sweet fruit as I would like to, the small amount I allow myself becomes more special. This can be applied to other aspects of life too. For instance we recently had a rare visit with a dear friend we seldom see. We made the most of our short time together and enjoyed every moment.
One theory for losing weight is to eat only three bites of any treat. I have noticed that the first few bites of anything do tend to be the best. Perhaps the tongue gets used to the flavor and no longer notices it. I remember once on a trip to Italy my daughter gave me a small piece of chocolate candy from a very old and prestigious maker. It was amazingly good. Having such a small piece was actually quite perfect, better than having a large one. We cut it into even smaller pieces and enjoyed them slowly, letting the taste linger on our tongues.
May you find much to enjoy in small bites as often as possible.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Alfred and Julia Part 4, Conclusion
Across the kitchen table from her, Alfred beamed lovingly at Julia.
“How can I see you when you’re not really here?” She sighed.
“Once one crosses over he or she can be everywhere at once.”
“Oh stop Alfred,” she said. “That’s much too confusing for me.”
“Makes no sense now but once you cross over you’ll be able to understand a lot of what you can’t now.”
“I feel old and weary.”
“Not to me,” he assured her. “To me, you look as young and feisty as you did the day I married you.”
Tears welled into her eyes.
“Besides, over here you can chose to be any age.”
“You seem so confident.”
Soon now we’ll both be here in Maine forever.”
She took a breath and straightened her shoulders. “I wouldn’t count on that Alfred. That bus tour opened my eyes. I want to see all the places you never took us to.”
“But there’s just so much going on right here. Every season: the county fair, lobster, the farm markets, Christmas.”
She set her jaw. “Alfred when I join you we’re going to see the world. I want to start with the Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China.”
“Tourist traps!” He huffed.
A platter of freshly baked muffins perfumed the air. Julia smiled. “How like you to try to distract me. Imagine, you dead and me alive and us having a spat”
Alfred’s face drooped. “What do you mean?”
Julia reached a though to pat his hand, then drew back and sighed. “If you want you can stay here in Maine. No matter how much I love you dear we’re not joined at the hip. I want to see the world.” She smiled. “I’ll just wait for Frank to pass over. He’ll take me if you won’t.”
Alfred looked bewildered. ”
The back door swung open and Julia’s friends from church, the Malarkey sisters barged into the kitchen.
“Julia dear, we must talk,” Fiona Malarkey said, coming to a stop.
Her younger sister, Thorn nodded. “Do I smell fresh muffins?”
“We’ve just spoke with Frank,” Fiona said. “And Julia, we know how deep grief can affect us.”
Julia gestured toward the fragrant plate. “Fresh muffins Alfred provided.” She looked for him but couldn’t see him.
Fiona fixed her with a steely gaze. “Julia dear we agree with Frank that you need to see the new psychiatrist. He’ll give you medicine to help with these hallucinations.”
“Ha ha ha ha ha,” Thorn Malarkey’s skinny frame abruptly twisted. She gasped. “Someone’s tickling me!”
Fiona’s face reddened. “Tickling you?”
“Stop that Alfred!” Julia said. “We’ll have none of your shenanigans. I mean it.”
She looked at the two sisters. “I’m sorry!”
“Poltergeists,” Fiona said. “Very common occurrences in old Maine houses. “Why we’ve a sea captain in ours who does naughty things, especially to Thorn.” She stamped her foot. “Spirit, show yourself!”
A grinning red headed lad of eight darted about the room, appearing and disappearing, laughing.
“Oh Alfred,” Julia said. “You love showing off. Don’t you?”
“That couldn’t be Alfred,” Thorn Malarkey said. ” Ever since we’ve known him Alfred’s been old and gray.”
Julia smiled. “But you saw him.”
“Oh yes,” Fiona said. “A disrespectful red headed ruffian.”
“Yes,” Julia smiled. “My dear, darling ruffian.”
Her heart filled with love. Again it beat faster in her chest, then skipped a beat. Abruptly she sat back in her chair. Fiona and Thorn had fallen on the muffins and were stuffing themselves.
Alfred appeared. “They actually saw you,” she murmured. She looked into his mischievous eyes and laughed. She tried to take a deep breath and looked around for a sip of water
Three tall glasses of lemonade appeared on the kitchen table.
“Where’d they come from? “Thorn Malarkey asked.
“Alfred brought them,” Julia said. “But don’t ask me how. I can’t explain how he does it.”
Fiona cranked her neck. “Is that true Alfred? Are you here with us now in spirit?” Suddenly she started squirming. her cheeks reddened. “Stop touching me that way.”
Julia shook her head and sighed. “Up to his boyish pranks,” she said lovingly.
“Humph!” Said Fiona. The Malarkey sisters gathered up their things. Thorn shook her finger at Julia. “Be careful lest your soul be damned.” They hustled out the door.
Julia’s head was spinning. She stumbled to the sofa and huddled under the patchwork quilt.
Alfred joined her. “I thought they’d never leave.”
Julia smiled. “You masher! You sure helped scoot them out the door.” She shuddered then she smiled. “Oh my, I can feel your arm around me. That never happened before.”
His voice softened. “Pretty close to the finish line.”
She whispered. “Then I’ll look young like you and we’ll both have some fun.
“Remember that first summer?”
“How could I not? And there’s no need to discuss the skinny dipping. That’s all you ever wanted to do.”
“Only way I could get you to take your clothes off,” He smiled. “We can do that again. Right over at the pond,”
“Yes,” she smiled, “when we’re visiting here in Maine.” She sighed, so very happy to be with him, that mischievous boy she had loved for so long. “Perhaps we’ll find a perfectly wonderful pond in the French Alps, or maybe even in Australia.”
“Well my darling if that’s really what you want…”
She closed her eyes. A brilliant golden light, warming and loving and so very real filled her chest with a sense of weightlessness. She felt herself floating as though on a luminous cloud. She breathed in the light, and then that was all there was.
When she looked around she was next to Alfred and he was holding her hand.
She felt like a newlywed. A lush green lawn stretched before them. In the distance she could see shining rooftops and beyond them, mountains etched in an iridescent glow.
She took a breath. All the pain was gone. “I feel so very young again.” She hugged him. “Oh Alfred, ” she laughed joyously. “I’m so happy. We’re together forever.” She smiled and looked out at the scene before her. “And Alfred, we’re not in Maine any longer.”
The Wisdom of Fear
By Madisyn Taylor
Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it.
Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers–all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.
Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.
You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up–your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes–is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.
Warding Ritual for Spiritual Protection of your Home
by Heron Michelle
This warding spell for spiritual cleansing and protection can be used for any physical space, but is especially important for your home. I recommend regular energetic hygiene practices of some sort for everyone. Beyond the basics of smudging, this provides permanent protection wards that are powered by allies from the Spirit, plant, animal, and mineral realms. Warding can be dialed up or down to be as simple or complex as you choose, and customized to your particular practice.
Psychic and sensitive folks appreciate the sanctuary that a warded temple provides. The beauty of a magickal ward, is that you can charge it to perform in any way you desire. Much like programming a security system, you can choose who gets in, when and how they are invited to enter, and what sort of behavior is welcome during their stay.
This ritual spell-work will use four main components:
Clearing, and consecration by the four classical elements
Use of banishing pentagrams
Evocation of protective Spiritual Beings; Archangels, Gods/Goddesses, Animals, Ancestors, etc.
Creating spell-bottles for the four corners of the property as the anchoring ward.
Banishing Pentagrams: Bouncing the Trouble Makers, then Locking the Door
The pentagram is a five-pointed star that is an ancient symbol of balance, power and protection. Each point represents an element: earth, air, fire, water, and Spirit, perfectly interwoven. A common usage of this symbol in magick includes its drawing in a specific pattern, called a “banishing pentagram.” The “all-purpose” banishing pentagram we’ll use for the clearing and protection of the home from unwanted spirits, is the one for the element of Earth, as that is most related to the physical safety of our bodies and buildings.
To draw the banishing pentagram, you begin in the lower left corner, at the Earth point, then draw upward to the Spirit point, and then on around in a clockwise fashion until the star is complete. Think of it as pointing down to everything here in the material plane that you want to banish, then flinging it back “up” to the Spirit realms where they belong. When I draw the banishing pentagram during protection work, I think of it as bouncing the trouble-makers, by putting the key in the lock between dimensions, and locking the door behind them. The banishing pentagram is like turning the key in that lock.
Preparations and Acquisitions
Step 1: Get your house in order.
Begin with a physical cleaning and organization of your home. Chaos and filth in the material world mirrors into chaos and filth in the spiritual world. As above, so below; As below, so above. Think about it this way: In the material world, if you leave your dirty dishes laying around, and garbage everywhere, you invite the cockroaches, rats and parasites to move right in and have a feast. The nasty bottom-feeders of the world will just looooove to hang around your house.
Step 2: Get your Spirit in order.
The same is true of the spiritual realms. There are energetic equivalents of cockroaches, rats and parasites. When you live in an energetic miasma of your own mental and emotional funk – baneful self-loathing, guilty, shame-y, fearful, hateful, violent and angry turmoil – you make yourself delicious to the nasty bottom-feeders and parasites of the spiritual realm. They, too, will looooove to feast upon YOU. The entirety of Witchcraft is there to help you get your head on straight, and become the terrifyingly effective, well-balanced, and powerful bad-ass that simply will not abide any exploitation.
To paraphrase the Rede: What you seek is within you… if you don’t find it there first, you will never find it in the outer world. So get to witchin’!
Spiritual Home Clearing and Protection Warding – Witch on Fire
Step 3: Planning and Acquisition
You have some decisions to make about whose aid you will call into these wards, and what materials you will need as an anchor, amplifier and conduit to that power.
4 glass jars with lids – one for each corner of your home.
Paint pens in the four elemental colors, or other decorations on the lids to signify which quarter of your home they will anchor.
Now, what to put in your jars? In the end you will need 9 ingredients that fit in each jar.
This is the part that is highly customized to your personal practice. You know how ceremonial magicians will call upon “The Watchtowers” of the four quarters? See these four ward jars to be a physical watchtower that you are building, and imbuing with powers from the three realms – Upperworld (or heavens,) middle world of the elements, and underworld.
Each ward jar will need:
1 stone or metal to amplify the upperworld Deity or Archangel of your choice.
1 stone or fetish to amplify the underworld animal spirit or ancestor of your choice.
1 stone for Air – with mental and communication nuances.
1 stone for Fire – with active, defensive, motivational nuances.
1 stone for Water – with emotional and relationship enhancing nuances.
1 stone for Earth – with protective, grounding, material nuances.
3 varieties of dried plant material – with any properties you’d like to bring to the party.
The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne by Annibale Carracci, 1602
Deities: You may choose to call on “Great Spirit” with a single ingredient – like a quartz crystal. Or choose something for two jars to be held by the Great Goddess (perhaps jet) and two for the Great God (perhaps amber,) if that is your style.
For a more polytheist approach, consider choosing a God and Goddess of the Upperworlds, and a God and Goddess of the underworld. In this case, research specific stones or items that are sacred to each of those Deities. You would then assign each Deity to one of the corners (and one ward.) Make sure that you also work out an appropriate offering or exchange in service in gratitude for their aid.
Archangels: OR – You may choose to work with the four archangels associated with the watchtowers in ceremonial magick. Choose either an individual stone for each angel, there are many to chose from that are sacred to each, or four of a single stone. Angelite, Celestite, or Selenite stones are my favorites for connecting to Angelic forces in a more general way.
Gabriel – Water – Copper
Michael-Fire – Sugilite, or an agate
Raphael – Air – Emerald or Malachite
Uriel – Earth – Amber
Spirit Animals: If you don’t already have a few Underworld Deities on the team, you may choose to work with four animals spirits: If you can ethically and legally obtain a fetish from the animals of your choice, do that. (tooth, claw, bone, shed, bit of fur or hair, feather, etc) Seek consent to work with any part of an animal. Or you may substitute an emblem to represent their powers in the working – one animal and item per jar, in the quarter you think they best relate. Here are a few examples:
Air – Birds; Hawk, Crow, Raven, Wren, Owl
Fire – Lion, Red Fox, Ram, Horse
Water – All fish; Salmon, Dolphin, Crab, Snake, Eagle
Earth – Bull, Stag, Goat, Bear, Beetle
Ancestors: OR you may choose four of your ancestors, or mighty dead, and ask if they will aid in guarding your home with you. Include a photo, a slip of paper with their name, or an object that will draw them near in their jar. Make sure that you also plan to make an appropriate offering in exchange for their aid.
Middle World Allies from the Four Elemental Planes
Choose a stone to amplify each element – you’ll need to acquire four of each (one for each jar.) Here are a few suggestions that I like…
Air – Citrine – Success, confidence, mental clarity
Fire – Pyrite – Shielding and protective, stirs ambition and focus, financial riches.
Golden Tiger’s eye – motivation, creativity, success
Iron Nail for Mars energies and protection, banishes enchantment.
Water – Blue lace agate – clear communication, peace, calm, tranquility.
Rose Quartz – universal love, trust and harmony, friendship, deep inner healing, and feelings of peace.
Earth – Green Aventurine – growth, luck, abundance, relieves anxiety, calms one’s emotions, provides comfort,
support, and balance.
Hematite – protection, grounding, de-stressing and mental/emotional balance.
Dried herbs and botanicals that have powers you’d like to bring into the home, all of these have protection qualities, but they have other nuances as well. Choose three varieties, and have enough for a teaspoon or so in each jar.
Rose petals or Lavender for love
White sage or Juniper for purification
Frankincense and myrrh for the balance of Divine forces.
Angelica root for angelic aid and guidance.
Cinnamon, Ginger, or Bay for fiery power and success.
There are literally hundreds of options to choose from – just know why you choose to use each ingredient and what power you wish it to bring to your home.
Step Four: The Cleansing and Warding Ritual
Assemble everything you will need on your altar in a central place in your home.
Open your ritual in your traditional way, lighting and awakening consecration tools and calling upon Spirit to be present as you normally would.
State your intention. Something like: I cleanse this home of all baneful influences and Spirits; I consecrate and ward this home to be a sanctuary of peace, abundance, health and safety. Only Love may enter in; only Love may emerge, for the Highest Good of all involved, harming none. So Mote it Be!
I like to have both a black and white candle on the altar. As I light the black candle to start, and charge it to absorb and nullify all baneful energies that are present. I will allow this candle to burn out completely in one burning.
Consecration by the Four Elements
This part should be repeated regularly.
Tealight candle, a red one is even better.
Smudge bundle of a purifying herb, such as ceremonial white sage, cedar, lavender, palo santo, etc. Or a burning incense blend of Frankincense and Myrrh – but I recommend using a high quality resin incense stick, like these from Nature Nature Incense Company, so you can draw the banishing pentagram with it in the air.
A bowl of purified water, salted with sea salt
Air and Fire: Carry the burning smudge or incense with the tealight candle on a heat-safe plate or bowl to the front door. Open the door. Hold up the smoking smudge: With the same power and authority you would use to open the elemental gates, state: I consecrate this home by air and fire! Draw a large banishing pentagram in the air with the smudge/incense stick. Visualize all baneful energies, all harmful thoughts, communication, and actions being blown out the door.
Now, repeating that phrase I consecrate this home by air and fire! carry the smudge, wafting as you go, clockwise around the entire inside perimeter of your home. Wind up and down stairs and other floors in whatever way seems natural, always flowing clockwise. When you come to an outside window, door, mirror, fireplace or any other opening, draw the banishing pentagram.
When you arrive back at the front door, see the space sealed. State with power: This home is sealed by Air and Fire! So Mote it Be!
Water and Earth: Now, do the same with the salted water. Carry it to the front door, present it and state with power: I consecrate this home by Water and Earth! Dip your index finger of your projective (dominant) hand into the water and draw the banishing pentagram over the door frame and on the front door itself. See all baneful emotional and physical energies nullified and banished from the home.
Now, walking clockwise around the perimeter of your home along the same path, continue chanting, I consecrate this home by Water and Earth! while sprinkling the water on the floor as you walk. Stop and draw the banishing pentagram with the water over every window, door, opening and mirror.
When you arrive back at the front door, see the space sealed. State with power: This home is sealed by Water and Earth! So Mote it Be!
Return to the Altar, state for the second time: This home is cleansed of all baneful influences and spirits; I consecrate and ward this home to be a sanctuary of peace, abundance, health and safety. Only Love may enter in; only Love may emerge, for the Highest Good of all involved, harming none. So Mote it Be!
Light the White candle and charge it to fill the home with blessings.
Building your Protection Ward Jar
Have all your jars open and arranged so that you know which quarter they will go into eventually. Pick up each ingredient in turn. Touch it, connect, and seek consent to work together. Awaken the ingredient by name. Blow gently across it and tap it three times, saying: Awake, Awake, Awaken to your powers of__________. (Name of ingredient) lend your strength and amplify the protective ward of my home. With gratitude, blessed be! Drop it into the jar.
Begin with the Deities or angels of the Upperworld. Invoke them into the stone or fetish that will anchor and feed their power into the ward. Pray in earnest for what aid you seek from Them and if you feel that agreement has been met, make an offering in exchange for this Aid. See the stone as a conduit of their power. Continue by invoking the Spirit animals or ancestors you are calling from the Underworld in the same manner. Lastly, include the plants and stones from the middle world of the elements.
Sealing and Weaving the Wards Together
When everything is in each jar – making nine individual ingredients, seal it tightly. Hold the jar in your hand, push power into the jar: Say: This jar is my protective Ward. May it stand guard in the (associated compass direction) quarter of my home, protecting this sanctuary of peace, abundance, health and safety. Only Love may enter in; only Love may emerge, for the Highest Good of all involved, harming none. So Mote it Be!
(Note that you’ve now repeated your intention three times.)
When all four jars are sealed, take up your wand, or with your index finger, tap each in turn while chanting “peace, abundance, health and safety” in a clockwise direction, weaving them together and raising a cone of energy. Drop the cone into the jars; visualized a bubble of power that the wards continue to feed.
The Work is done! So Mote it Be!
Setting the Protection Wards
Now, carry the jars to the four corners of your home, according to compass direction, as close as you can manage. All while visualizing that sphere of power that weaves them together expanding to envelope your entire home (and property). You can set them on the floor in the corner of the room behind furniture. If you’d like to carry them out to the four corners of your land, you may bury them there, but remember to set a marker should you ever choose to gather them for relocation and reuse.
Return to the altar, thank and release all the attending Beings and energies that you’ve called, and close your ritual without formally deconstructing the “temple” as you might in a typical esbat or spellcasting. Allow both the black candle and white candle to burn out completely. This temple is now permanently erected around your property.
May it bless you and your family always,
For a wealth of additional information, lists of correspondences and personal protection techniques, I recommend The Witch’s Shield by Christopher Penczak
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