The Witch’s Oracle Deck Card Reading

The card I picked for everybody for this beautiful Monday is…Hourglass.

When the hourglass appears in a reading it’s meaning is that time is of the essence. There is something that you have been putting off and now is the time to get it done, no more putting it off.

So my sisters and brothers stop that delaying and get the job done that you have been putting off. It will make your life a lot more full filling and it will give you piece of mind.

The deck that I am using is called “The Witches Oracle” I love this deck!

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

Videos and Website Address for my Dearest Sister – The Bronze Witch

Below is the link to her YouTube videos. Right now there are only two but I know she is in the planning stages to post more. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCopeuk53MA1yZp32xlP_DQg

Below is the link to connect you to her website. The Name of it is Alpha-Witchcraft.
https://alpha-witchcraft.com

I would really appreciate you watching the videos, remember to click like after you watch, or visiting her website. If you enjoy what you read click like and also follow her. She is just starting both the website and videos so let’s help support her please and thank you.

The magickal use of thistle

Magickal Uses of Blessed Thistle

Zodiac: Aries

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Pan

Basic Powers: Protection

Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells.

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Magickal Uses of Milk Thistle

Gender: Maculine

Planet: Mars (in Aries)

Deities: Thor, Minerva

Powers: Strenth, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking

Folklore: Milk-thistle is a strikingly beautiful member of its family – with its sharply serrated, white veined leaves they cannot be overlooked. The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).

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SunRay Sorceress’s Musings

Weather Overload

The Pacific Northwest has had some wild weather. We’ve had rain, then hard rain and then very hard rain. We’ve had high wind gust warnings of 45 miles per hour, with hail and then more rain. 
I do love all this wild weather, it allows my spirit to feel invigorated and my spirit wants to fly free, but I also feel  overwhelmed with so much stimulation. I am so grateful to my Spirit Guides and Lady Beltane for being alert enough to say, “Hey, something’s going on! Wake up!”
That was done by her asking if I was okay on Saturday. 💜 I hadn’t realized until that moment that I was trying to protect my self from Sensation Overload, by blocking every sensation out and hiding in a type of shell. So today’s plan, I will focus on grounding and getting in touch with what this weather is saying to me. 
I’m curious if anyone else feels like this and what do you do when you have weather overload or sensation overload.
Bright Blessings Sisters and Brothers,
SunRay Sorceress

Norse 101, Part 10

TGIF– Thanks Gods it’s Freyja’s Day!  It’s been some time since my last Norse 101 post.  Sorry, everyone.  I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I’m back.  Last week, I wrote about Hel, the Goddess of the dead.  This week, it’s Jormungandr’s turn.  Jormungandr (YOUR-moon-gand) is also called the Midgard Serpent and is the sibling of Hel and Fenrir.  Xe is genderfluid, but will sometimes present as either gender, neither gender, or both genders, in a humanoid form.  Or xe could present as a snake.  (Remember that the Gods will assume any form They wish!)

Jormungandr is an enormous snake that circles Midgard (Earth) to establish the boundary between our realm and the empty void beyond.  Xe is so massive that xe wraps around Midgard completely and holds xir tail in xir mouth, like an Ouroboros.  Xir presence at the outermost reaches of Midgard protects us from any Cosmic Bad Guys or Not-So-Nice forces that may want to wreak havoc or hurt us.  Yes, Jormungandr does have a role in the story of Ragnarok, which is the “end of all creation” story for the Norse.  In the lore, xe and Thor are said to battle one another.  However, Jormungandr does protect Midgard, which Thor also does.  They just protect us in different ways.  Jormungandr establishes and guards boundaries while Thor uses His hammer.

Time for some of my own experience with Jorm.  The first time I saw xir was in a vision.  Xe appeared as a very large, green boa constrictor.  Xe approached me, but I wasn’t sure who xe was.  The next time I saw xir, xe was in a male humanoid form.  Actually, xe appeared as the now-grown-up actor who played the character of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.  Any of you who happen to be Potter fans will know that the House that Draco belonged to was Slytherin.  I was a little confused until I made the connection: Slytherin, snakes, Jormungandr!  Yes, the Gods can be cheeky.

That’s all for this week.  Next time, I’ll tell you about the Sky deities.  The sun Goddess Sunna and Her brother Mani, the Moon God.  Have a lovely Freyja’s Day and a fabulous weekend!

green_emerald_boa_as_totem_by_ravenari
Green Emerald Boa as Totem by Ravenari, Deviant Art

Understanding What It Means To Respect

A few days ago I was exploring the ocean shore for driftwood that might want to come home with me. It was close to noon and when I got there I noticed the tide was high. Before I started hiking on and around the driftwood I felt my Spirit Guide give me a nudge to check the local tide chart. I discovered another important piece of information, the tide would be coming in for another 30 minutes, so I decided to move back a couple of feet. All of a sudden, I looked to the left and a sneaker wave was quickly approaching me. I can tell you that the Sea Spirits weren’t against taking me to the ocean depths, so I turned and ran to higher ground. A few minutes earlier I had noticed a family farther down the shore. They were teasing the edge of the Sea, laughing, just before getting their feet wet and having a great time. The father and daughter couldn’t see that as they turned away from the ocean to run, a second and third wave were coming . Those two were so much bigger then the first wave. In that moment I knew that they were going to get hit and I was horrified! All I could do was watch a young girl possibly die. The wave hit the dad and the girl with a terrible force. They were no longer in sight. After that I could see the dad stand up, look around with complete fear as he saw his daughter slam against one of the 2000 pound driftwood logs. He dove  back into the wave, grabbing his daughter seconds before she was dragged back into the ocean.
I talked to the family afterwards and found out that they were on their way to a memorial and decided to stop for a little fun. I said that I was so glad that his little girl was going to be okay and I was grateful this situation didn’t turn into a second memorial. I tuned to look out at the fierce ocean and thought, you are beautiful, wild and most importantly, you are to be respected.  I also discovered the importance of finding out anything and everything before working with an Element. Appreciate your Gift and Work your Craft Intelligently.
I am very grateful for all of you.
Bright and Safe Blessings,
SunRay Sorceress