Lilitu – Goddess of the Leap Year Day

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Today was such a busy day for me! Though a little voice kept saying you need to post something special today. I kept looking and looking for something special to share but couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me. Then the little voice asked why don’t you check the book 365 Goddess and see which goddess is connected to the Leap Year Day and lo and behold the goddess is non else than Lilitu! Although the book focuses more on the Abrahamic religions perspective of her I am thrilled that today she is celebrated.

In my own personal spiritual shamanic practice I connect with her as Lilitu from the Sumerian accounts (which are very few and far in between). I am happy to say that she is one of my spiritual teachers. So I was happy and excited to see that this is one of her  special days.

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Her most common associations are with freedom, courage, playfulness, passion, pleasure and sexuality. Her symbol is the apple however I find that she has a strong association and connection with owl, since Sumerians depicted her surrounded by them and snake with whom she works very close with when performing spiritual healing.

In my own spiritual journey with her, she presents herself to me as a very confident beautiful and dangerous female aspect of the divine. She is after all the Maid of Desolation she has no problem with making the hard choices and she is not one to back down. She presents herself to me with dark hair (like me), voluptuous, partly nude with an air of mystery that surrounds her and is present in her every gesture. I personally admire every curve of her beautiful body. She has taught me many things one of them is how to work with blood magic and the use of poison medicine in my spiritual healing work. When I merge with her I always tend to stand a little taller, my every movement is full of sensuality and confidence. I feel completely enveloped in her scared femininity and sensuousness. She makes me feel strong, daring as well as coquette. I certainly feel her fearlessness and personally, I feel even more connected to my own sexual nature. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Today or when ever you feel lacking any of the above mentioned  qualities and strengths call upon her. She will aid you and show you the way to self love, confidence and personal power. Let’s send her our love and admiration.

PRAYER TO LILITH

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Lilith under the Huluppu Tree by Mani Price

by Beth Clare Johnson

Hail to Lilith, Lady of the night!
Your long hair flows outward,
Melding into the shadows
And your black eyes are ancient,
Deep with magic and secrets.

You are powerful and free,
No other being is your master.
You fly upon the wings of night,
And the owl carries your messages.
Since beginning times, you were there.

No man can tame you,
For why should you be tamed?
To be your own ruler is your nature.
The weak ones of mankind
Were afraid of you and called you Evil

Every inner demon
And dark shadow in the night
Has been ascribed to you, Goddess.
But your power and wild beauty
Have survived.

Teach me to be unafraid,
To feel power singing in my veins.
Help me to face and balance
The shadows in my nature,
And to be proud of my sexuality.

Protect me from the shadows
And the darkness that would harm me,
And help me to understand
The shadows that will not.
I thank you, Dark Lady.

 

The Cougar Moon 2016

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High Country Cougar by Simply Wild Canada

February’s full moon is known by many different names one of them is the cougar moon. It receives this name due to the fact that at this time in the winter season food is scarce (which is why it is also known as the Hunger Moon) and the predators like the cougar have be out prowling for food for longer periods of time which allows for us to catch a glimpse.  As a big cat they are solitary animals only seeking companionship during their mating season which will soon be arriving.

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Cougar Moon by Asante Riverwind Arts

During this month as well we celebrated Imbolc which is known as the time of Quickening, when the crone becomes a maiden once again full of new life and potential. We also can start perceiving nature awakening from her slumber. We start to see some snowdrops, crested iris or crocuses peaking through the snow and the trees start developing their buds. This is the time for new beginnings and it is full of magical potential.

With this theme of new beginnings this is a good moon to make plans for the future and for the Spring to come. This is the time we should dream, be filled with hope and aspirations and set wonderful goals. Due to these powerful energies it lends itself for us to do magical workings that involve personal achievements and advancement. The Moon  will enter Virgo at 4:25 am MT (Feb 22nd) and its influence will add even more power as it rules  intellectual matters and matters relating to employment and business. Virgo also lends itself to help in health matters, like making dietary changes and/or working to heal the intestines and nervous system.

ethericsurgeryWith all these energies at play it gives us many opportunities to work with the full moon in many different ways. If you are focusing in physical health maybe this is the time to do an intestinal cleanse and help our body get rid-off the toxins. You can prepare a gem elixir of a Green Moss Agate to assist you during the cleanse. If you are focusing on your nervous system, you can make a gem elixir of Nephrite Jade  and use it in your tea. I know that Live and Feel suggest that Oolong, Green or Black tea are all good for the nervous system. If you would like to learn a little more on others way you can bring healing to your nervous system please visit Herb Hands Healing.

If you decide to focus in career building, seeking employment or bringing success to your business then this is a good time to craft a Business Success Oil to anoint yourself prior to working with anything related to your business (marketing materials, your business cards, CV’s or resumes) so that everything you touch is infused with the energy.

When you craft remember to create a magical atmosphere! Dim the light a little, light an incense in this case I would recommend High John the Conqueror as it increase your power, draws money and remove hexes or curses which can be limiting your prosperity or Pine which draws money and prosperity. Light a green candle and play some inspiring music. Gather all your ingredients and have fun!

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Business Success Oil

  • 5 ml of Sesame Oil  (to open doors) or any other carrier oil you have
  • 5 ml of Almond Oil (to bring money, business success, prosperity and wisdom) or any other carrier oil you have
  • 2 drops of Scotch Pine EO (to bring steady money, banish scarcity)
  • 4 drops of Blood Orange EO (to add luck, attract money and prosperity)
  • 3 drops of Cinnamon EO (to add power, wealth, prosperity, business success)
  • 1 drop of Basil (to bring wealth, prosperity and luck, protect you from the evil eye
  • 1 drop of Patchouli (to bring money)
  • pinch of Allspice (to bring money, luck and business success)
  • pinch of Cinquefoil or Five Finger Grass (to bring luck, money and abundance)
  • pinch of High John the Conqueror (to bring money, success and happiness)
  • one Clove (to bring business success, wealth and prosperity)
  • a chip  or 2 of Green Aventurine (to bring money, luck, career success, prosperity)

Remember these are guidelines only. Use the ingredients that you have at hand. Feel free to tweak the quantities to suit you and your needs. This is done to serve as a starting point. Keep in mind if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. Please research them prior to using.

Here is a simple but effective ritual you can do this evening. First gather a green candle, the newly crafted Business Success Oil, a bay leaf, matches, a fire resistant dish, John the Conqueror Incense or Pine. Then proceed to set the atmosphere and the tone for your work (create scared space, call the quarters do whatever your tradition calls for). Light the incense put some wonderful background music. Grab your bay life write on it your desired out come. Anoint the green candle towards you with the Business Success Oil and keeping in mind what you want to bring to you. Then light the candle and proceed to burn your bay leave. Place the bay leaf on the dish so it can finish burning. While looking at the flame of the candle concentrate on the outcome you want, see it happening in your life, see the outcome of getting this becoming a reality, hold that thought for as long as you can while staring at the flame of the candle. Once you are done envisioning, say a few words from your heart, express gratitude for receiving the outcome you want and say something like So Mote it be or May it be so. Let the candle finish burning in a safe place. Once the ritual is completed, if there are any remnants of the leaf (ashes) or the candle I would bury them in the earth.

Resources:

  • Cosmic Daily Weather by Kaye Berjot
  • Witches’ Datebook 2016 by Llewellyn’s 
  • Book of Shadows by Monica Tyler

February 2016 New Moon

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This new moon on Monday February 8th is going void of course at 9:39 am MT and it will remain there until 1:32 pm MT on Tuesday. With this happening I wouldn’t recommend using the evening of Monday to set intentions but maybe take the time to meditate and go within to really figure out what your intentions are for the lunar cycle and see what things may be keeping you from being able to achieve them. Then with a clear mind and a clear path you are ready to set your intentions on Tuesday evening. Another thing to keep in mind is that the new moon will enter Pisces at 2:31 am MT on Tuesday which lends itself to do works that are related to dream-work, clairvoyance, telepathy, music and the creative arts. If you are looking to do some healing work this time is great to work on feet and the lymph glands.

On Monday night I would do a sacred bath ritual for clarity so that while I am soaking I can see very clearly my intentions for the upcoming lunar cycle. First, I would smudge the bathroom with some sage or my favorite, Palo Santo. Then I would burn a citrus smelling candle or just a white candle anointed towards me to bring me clarity and truth. I will draw my water, give it a blessing, then add the bath salts that I have created.

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Clarity Bath Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt – it helps to clear and ground you.
  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt – it helps to purify and cleanse your aura.
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda – helps disperse the essential oils and it is good for the skin.
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Milk (added directly to the bath) or use Coconut Milk powder and add it to the mix. It is associated with the feminine, the moon and water it brings purification, and protection. Coconut Milk powder is very fragrant and it is great for the skin.
  • 20 drops of Lemon Sweet EO – it brings clarity, cleansing and uplifting.
  • 1 tsp of Solomon’s Seal herbs – helps you with decision making.

After the bath I am in a good energetic and spiritual position to do a shamanic journey to visit with one of my spiritual allies. I can discuss with him/her my intentions and together we can discovering if there are any hidden energies that may work against me in bringing my intentions into manifestation.

On Tuesday the energy is favorable for setting those intentions. Since the energies of the evening are conducive for creative work I will probably create a sigil for said intentions and place it somewhere in my healing room or office. This evening also provide energies that will support dream-work so this is a good time to do so. This is the perfect time to do some crafting, like making a Dream-Work Oil and/or a Dream-Work medicine bag. If you like working with crystals this is a great opportunity to create a crystal grid to support you this evening in your dream-work.

Before going to bed this evening you can drink some Brigid Divination Tea and set your intention to do dream-work. Place your dream-work medicine bag under your pillow , mattress or on your night table and anoint yourself with some of the Dream-work Oil and go off to an adventure in dreamland. Don’t forget to write down all of your dreams and information you get the next morning. I hope you enjoy some of the ideas provided. If you do craft any of the suggested items feel free to comment on how it worked for you.

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Dream-Work Oil

  • 5 ml of Grapeseed carrier oil  – it is known to have moon energies and increase mental power.
  • 2 drops Cassia Bark – it helps to support astral projection
  • 2 drops of Jasmine – it helps to induce prophetic dreams
  • 4 drops of Lavender – it helps to induce prophetic dreams and
  • 1 drop of Rosemary – to drive away nightmares and protection
  • 1 drop of Wormwood – for protection, to increase psychic powers and to call forth spirits.
  • pinch of Angelica (herb) – for protection and to support dream prophecy
  • pinch of Mugwort (herb) – for protection, to increase psychic powers, support astral projection and induce prophetic dream

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Dream-Work Medicine Bag

  • Purple cloth – or one that you feel that goes with the theme of dream work (stars, moons, clouds)
  • Blue Lace Agate – for protection and support of good dreams
  • Amethyst – for protection, supports Dream- work, it dispels nightmares
  • Blue Obsidian – for protection, increases psychic abilities, supports astral travel, promotes having good dreams and supports shamanic journeys
  • A star of Anise – for protection from evil spirits, supports meditation and calls forth spirits
  • Angelica (herb) – for protection and to support dream prophecy
  • Mugwort (herb) – for protection, to increase psychic powers, support astral
  • Vervain (herb) – for protection, peace and support sleep
  • Anoint the bag with some Dream-Work Oil

Like always use the ingredients that you have at home and do your own personal research to ensure you do not have any adverse reaction when working with any of the ingredients listed in the recipes. The recipes are of my creation and are suggestions, feel free to personalize them to best suit your needs. There are many different crystals, oils, herbs that have similar attributes and energies feel free to exchange them. Many blessings to you and enjoy your New Moon!

Resources:

Cosmic Daily Weather by Kaye Berjot

Serenity, Card of the Day – 1/25/16

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Serenity  Witchilings Deck by Paulina Cassidy

Today I used the Witchling Oracle Card Deck by Paulina Cassidy and the card of the day is Serenity!

 
What a great card to get on a Monday. Usually our Mondays are hectic, full of things that we need to complete by the end of day. We are a bit slow since we just came back from hopefully our wonderfully relaxed weekend (though some of us might work harder during the weekends). This card is coming forward to let us know that things will get done. Just focus on the task at hand and before you know it, all of your tasks will be completed. When you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel your body relax. Once your body is relaxed continue on with whatever you are working on.
 
Once you get home you can take a Stress Be Gone Sacred Bath or shower!
  • You will need:
  • A Black Candle (use white, if you don’t have one)
  • A Blue Candle (use white, if you don’t have one)
  • A Clear Quartz
  • A Blue Stone (like blue lace agate, angelite, blue tiger’s eye, blue kyanite)
  • Lavender Essential Oil
 
Light the black candle and focus on all of the stresses you want to release on to it while holding the quartz in your left hand (or on your none dominant hand). Place the candle and the quartz away from you in a safe area. As this candle burns it will release those stresses away.
 
Then anoint the blue candle and with the lavender from the wick to bottom towards you with the intent to bring in serenity, peace and relaxation. Once you feel serene light the blue candle, and as this candle burns you will be bringing those energy to you. Place this candle and blue colored stone close to you in a safe manner while you enjoy your serene bath or shower.

Allow the candles to burn out in a safe place that they don’t become a fire hazard, you can leave the releasing candle away from you but if you like you can bring the Serene candle with you while you read a book, watch a TV show or just lay down and relax.

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