Basil

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Basil is a pretty popular herb in witchcraft as it can be used for many different workings. It is very popular in Greece for numerous reasons. Obviously it is delicious but they also keep it in their home for protection. When basil is put in your house it is thought to bless everyone in it and it keeps unwanted spirits away as well. Basil very well be the most powerful at doing this compared to all other herbs. It is common for Christian churches to use basil to “make” their holy water. Water infused with basil is thought to be able to keep demons away and bless anything anointed with it.

Basil is also very handy when it comes to spell work. You can use it for protection spells, money spells, love spells, and beauty spells. If you are doing a spell to further your career in some aspect basil is great to use too. If you’re worried about someone being possessed you can use basil to do an exorcism as well.

Basil is commonly given to a newlywed couple to help foster love and luck in every aspect of their lives. If you rub your hands on a live plant of basil and then smell them it is said to help your memory. And drinking basil tea is supposed to give you prophetic dreams. Lastly, you can write on dried basil leaves and burn them to banish things from your life.

Thanks for checking out today’s post! How do you use basil in your practice? Let me know down below along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post here and upload videos to youtube. Also, make sure you check out my instagram! It’s new and I’d love for you to see it. Until next time, Blessed be!

Can you do Witchcraft with Tattoos?

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed through pics or on youtube (if you follow me there) but I am a tattooed lady. I absolutely love tattoos and I actually just got two new ones last week while I was on vacation. I am actually planning on having a nature/wicca based arm sleeve. I know a lot of other Wiccans tend to enjoy tattoos (obviously not all, just making a generalization) so I thought you guys might enjoy talking about how we can make our tattoos magickal.

So when one gets a tattoo there is a good chance that what you’re getting on your body has some sort of meaning. It could be to honour a loved one, to remember a piece of your childhood, to show your love for a certain show/movie/book, etc. Well when doing a spell we do something similar. We give our spell an intent. Infusing a tattoo with magick is much of the same. You find a design you want and you infuse that design with your intent.

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When it comes to what kind of things you may want to put on your body for magickal purposes there are tons of options. You could create a sigil and infuse it with your intent. Some examples of some intentions you may want to give to a tattoo sigil are protection, positivity, love, happiness, laughter, prosperity, etc. You could also get a tattoo that represents your dedication to the wicca path, a specific wiccan tradition, or even a particular deity. I know at some point I want to get a tattoo to dedicate to Gaia.

There are two main ways to go about getting these magickal tattoos. The first option, which is not one I am necessarily recommending as it a bit dangerous, is stick and poke tattoos. If you have a simple design you want to get, you could attempt to do it on your own. This is a great method if you want a more hands on approach to infusing the tattoo with your magickal intent. Make sure you have the proper equipment when you do this though. You can buy kits for this on amazon I believe. The 2nd method, which is what I personally would do, would be to get someone to create me a tattoo design. I then would take the time to focus on giving that design my intent and meditating with it. Then, when it is time to get the artist to tattoo me, I would try my hardest to meditate (or at the very least focus on my intent) while they do their work.

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Thanks for checking out today’s post! Feel free to share any tattoos you have, especially if they are magickal ones or Wicca related in the comments, along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post here and when I upload videos to youtube. Also, I made an instagram so make sure to give that a look too! Until next time, Blessed Be!

Starseed Alien Race: Pleiades

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post about various alien races (I was trying to find info about a particular race and was struggling so it turned me off for a bit) and thought it would be fun to dive back into that. Today I thought we would talk about the pleiadians. From what I can gather they seem to be a relatively well-known race due to the fact that out of all the starseeds on earth the pleiadians are the majority. Anywho, let’s dive in.

First lets talk about where they are located. The pleiadians originally were from Avalon which was part of the Lyra constellation. However when the dark reptilians destroyed their home (a story for another day) they moved to what is now called pleiadian star system. This star system is supposedly 444 light-years away from Earth. They exist anywhere between the 3rd dimension and the 9th dimension.

When it comes to appearance they are thought to look a lot like us humans. This is because humans and pleiadians both come from Lyra originally. They are thought to be very attractive and have very symmetrical features.

Here are some random fun facts about the pleiadians. So firstly in comparison to the andromedans and the arcturians, the pleiadians are actually quite a young race. Pleiadians serve us humans as an example of what we will become as we evolve and they’re here to help us achieve that. Here on earth we have a lot of male and female energies but Pleiadian energy is mostly masculine. What’s even more interesting is females tend to have more masculine energy than the males do.

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Now let’s start talking about the different signs that you may be a pleiadian starseed!

Sign #1 You have a hard time expressing your emotions

If you are a pleiadian starseed you may find that you keep your emotions to yourself a lot. This is likely due to the fact that you are so busy trying to please others you don’t seem to have the time to worry about how you’re feeling. All of these pent up emotions also makes you a bit sensitive making it so you aren’t very good at taking criticism. This ignoring of your emotions can also cause resentment and make you passive aggressive as you are hoping someone will notice how you’re actually feeling.

Sign #2 You are an Empath

If you’re a pleiadian you may find that being around tension and anger (any negative emotion really) can make you feel physically ill. You tend to absorb the emotions from others around you which can actually cause blocks in your energy. You tend to release these buildups by crying. You may also find that you get a lot of throat chakra related issues like coughing, sore throat, etc if you are not given the opportunity to express yourself.

Sign #3 You’re a natural healer

This is a really important sign of being a pleiadian. You are such a natural healer that you don’t even have to be healing purposefully. It is quite possibly that you have been healing others without even knowing it. Your presence can bring inner peace and help alleviate pain.

Sign #4 You are very intuitive

Your intuitive abilities are unmatched. Your gut feelings should always be trusted.

Sign #5 You are really great at communication

Public speaking is your forte. Since communication is a two-way street you are also great at listening and giving advice.

Sign #6 You have an unwavering faith

Since childhood you have been really interested in finding your purpose and find more out about spirituality. While it is quite likely you won’t favour abrahamic religions you will likely find that you have a faith of some sort (possibly just an eclectic mash up of beliefs).

Sign #7 You are prone to using escapism techniques

These techniques could be anything from substance abuse, sexual escapades, or simply excessive use of the internet.

Sign #8 You are female

Most Pleiadians are reincarnated as females (however there are male starseeds, they may look more androgynous though). They are known for their beautiful almond shaped eyes. They are known for being highly attractive and are very enticing to others.

Sign #9 You are a nature lover

You are very much connected to nature especially animals. Animals enjoy being around you. You will find they you are very good at calming down animals and taming them.

Sign #10 Your career is related to communication, ecology, spirituality, psychology, childcare, or healing

If you aren’t working in one of these fields then you are likely involved in some other way like volunteering.

Sign #11 You do not understand gender roles

You view your partner as your peer/equal and you expect them to feel the same way about you. The fact that there is inequality between the sexes here on earth crazy. There is a decent chance you may not identify as heterosexual; and even if you do you’re not super worried about labeling yourself that way.

Thanks for checking out today’s post! Are you pleiadian? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Knight of Cups

When pulled upright this card is about yourself or someone else who is very in-tune with their emotions and intuition. Not only that but he uses this in-tuneness for his own well-being and during his romances. This person the card is referring to may also be a very attractive person physically. When you get this card it can be telling you to listen to your heart even if it’s doesn’t make sense logically. Getting this card could also be telling you that someone who holds the qualities of the knight of cups is going to be entering into your life. He is also seen as a messenger. This could be an invitation, or the arrival of something or someone that is going to benefit you emotionally. He can also represent you doing a project that is going to have a lot of emotional or creative value.

When pulled in reverse this card can be about how you let your emotions control your life more than you really should. This could manifest itself in your being too jealous, moody, or emotional. You probably have a tendency to jump to conclusions and this could end effecting you so much that you are actually unable to take action. This should be avoided at all costs. This card could also be warning you that a situation that seems really appealing may not be as great as you think it is. When your expectations are this high you are bound to walk away disappointed.

Here is a tarot spread for when you are feeling out of touch with your emotions. First I would take the knight of cups out of the deck and mediate on it thinking about your emotions. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method

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The Self-Exploration Tarot Spread

  1. Who I Am Right Now
  2. My Short Term Goals
  3. My Interests and Passions
  4. My Emotions
  5. My Inner Demons
  6. My Fears
  7. My Drive
  8. My Long Term Goals
  9. My Future Self

Thanks for checking out today’s post! What has the knight of cups been telling you lately? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to YouTube.

Freyja

A few weeks ago I made a post about Aphrodite which triggered a post request from a subscriber. She follows the Norse Pantheon and asked if I would do a post on Freyja. Since it is still the month of love I figured I would make this for her.

Freyja’s Associations

Freyja is the goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.

Her symbol is the Northern Lights

Her sacred animals are cats and wild pigs

Her sacred plants are cowslip, primrose, and daisies

Freyja Mythology

Freya was the Norse Goddess of beauty that no man could resist when she wore her enchanting necklace known as the Brisingamen. This necklace was made for her my four dwarves. They demanded that as repayment she spent a night with each of them in turn.

Although she had many affairs she loved her husband deeply and when he went missing she cried tears of gold. She set out to find him by transforming herself into a bird with her magical cloak.

When she found he had become an ugly sea monster. Freya remained by his side and became enraged when he was murdered, threatening to kill the other Gods. To placate her Od was offered a place in Valhalla despite not dying as a hero on the battlefield.

Gotten from https://www.goddess-guide.com/freya.html

Ritual for Freyja

Greeting Freyja

It will be helpful to have:

A couple of candles

A space to set the candles and make a simple ve or shrine for Freyja

An offering to pour for Her (Mead is good, so is any sweet or strong drink.  Lacking those, use sweet teas or fruit juices.  Lacking those, use water.)  The Lady is going to be your guest, so at least provide Her with the kind of drink you would offer to a mortal guest.  There are many other gifts and offerings that are appropriate for Her; some are listed here.

Cleansing

First we do a cleansing.  Most traditions have some sort of cleansing rite, to prepare you and the space for the presence of and interaction with the divinity that you are calling.  Flames have been used to bless property in some places in Northern Europe, where a torch or light is carried to all parts of the property and the shadows chased out.  Some Heathens call on Thor in the Hammer Rite, but as I don’t have a regular practice involving him and She is perfectly capable of helping with this work I call to Her for it.

Take a candle and light it.  Say, “Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse and bless this space.  Banish from it all baleful wights and wills and make it whole and holy.  In Freyja’s name, oh sacred flame, so be it.  Hail Blotgydja!”  Pass it in front of and around your body.  Walk with it around the space, making sure to shine the light in corners and dark spaces especially.  Set the candle down in the space you want to use.

Invocation

Set up a space for Freyja.  Include statuary images, or things that are important to Her, especially amber if you have any.  Face your shrine and call to Her.  You can say Her names, write out a wordy invocation (I like doing that, but that’s me) or sing to Her.  Here is a sample invocation that you may use if you like:

Hail to Freyja, cat-chariot riding,

Hail to Freyja in passion abiding,

Hail to Freyja in red-gold lust screaming,

Hail to Freyja in deep seidh-trance dreaming,

Hail to Freyja on falcon wings flying,

Hail to Freyja in dwarven bed sighing,

Hail to Mardoll in brightness and beauty,

Hail Blotgydja in your sacred duty,

Hail to Freyja in passion and power,

Hail to Freyja, bright Vanaheim’s  flower!

Hail, Freyja, Vanadis!  Be welcome in your shrine, be welcome my home, be welcome in my life.

Make Offerings

Now is the time to present Her with any offerings.  It’s good to come with gifts when meeting friends, whether new and prospective friends or long term ones.

Light a candle for Her, and say something like, “I light this candle in your honor.  May its warmth and brightness and sweet scent please you and bring you joy.  Hail Freyja!”

Pour the drink for Her, and say something nice about it.  “For you, Freyja, I pour this mead, the essence of honey transformed.  May its gold be like your gold, its warmth suffuse you, its flavor please you, its honey give you health and power.  Drink deep of it and may you find within it all that you want and all that you need.  Freyja, accept my offering!”  You can take a drink as well, sharing with Her if you like, just don’t do it from the portion offered.

If you have any other gifts for Her, talk them up and present them nicely to Her.  It’s not inappropriate to sing to Her.  She likes to have Her names sung and is known for a fondness for romantic and bawdy music.

Once you’ve given Her gifts, tell Her why you’ve called Her, even if it’s as simple as curiosity.

Then be silent.  Spend some time being quiet internally and externally, eyes closed or focused on an image that brings Her to mind.  You may feel Her presence as feelings of warmth and love.  You may see or hear Her in your mind.

Or you may feel nothing.  Sometimes it takes some time to recognize the presence of a deity and sometimes they just don’t seem to respond.  The Lady tends to be responsive to people, and She’s been growing more and more present over the last few years.

After you’re done thank Her and leave the space to end the rite.

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Spell to do with Freyja

you may burn a pink candle for Friday or an amber-colored candle to honor the goddess Freya. It’s completely up to you. Light the candle and repeat the charm:

Freya’s day is Friday, and the thirteenth is today,
Let’s work with these energies in a magical way.
Freya, mistress of magic, bless us with your wisdom,
As the candle burns away, the good luck spell begins.
This good luck candle spell is spun from the heart,
Worked for the good of all, with a Witch’s art.

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Thank you so much for reading today’s blog! I hope you enjoyed. Do you worship Freyja? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. 

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is one of the main goddesses in my life. She represents a huge part of myself and she was a big part of my reiki journey when I was learning my placements. Since Valentine’s day is tomorrow I figured I would dedicate this post to her. Today we are going to talk about some of her associations, her birth story, a ritual you could do to honor her, and a love spell that you can ask her to help you with (that is Wiccan rede kosher).

Aphrodite’s Associations

Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, sensuality, and procreation.

A conch shell is her symbol.

Her sacred animals are the dove and the goose.

Her sacred plants are myrtle and rose.

The myth about Aphrodite’s birth

It is said that Ouranos went to Gaia looking to find intimacy. When Ouranos exposed himself, his son, Kronos, ambushed him and cut off his fathers genitals. Kronos then threw his father’s genitals into the sea. As soon as Ouranos genitals touched the sea they were enveloped by the waves and a white foam spread around it. From that sea foam grew a maiden. This maiden was Aphrodite.

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A Ritual for Aphrodite

You will need:

  1. A candle placed in the center of your kitchen table
  2. Incense (pref frankincense)
  3. A meal offering or symbolic offering – Olive oil, Salt, bread, wine

Decorate the altar (i.e. The kitchen table) with symbols of Aphrodite: Images of Her, flowers, images of doves, swans, sparrows or their feathers and seashells.

Begin by washing your hands with soap and water or with a salt or sugar scrub.

Light the incense. Cleanse the area and yourself (you may opt to create a sacred circle). Set the incense back on the altar and let it continue to burn.

Light the second candle:
“Aphrodite, I come before you on this day in joy and thankfulness.”

Recite a prayer to Aphrodite. You could come up with something from your heart (pre-written or on the fly), or you could recite either Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite or the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.

List the blessings you have received from Aphrodite in the past year and talk about the challenges in the coming year. Present offerings.

Libations:

“Aphrodite, in thanks for your many gifts, as I have just related, I pour out this libation to you.”

Drink the rest saying: “By the will of the Gods, I have this wine/juice that I need not know thirst.”

Feast:
Take the bread and dip it in olive oil and sprinkle it with salt. Place a bit in the libation bowl or offering dish and eat the rest.
“By the will of the Gods, I have food to fill my belly that I need not know hunger.”

Closing:

“Aphrodite, I thank you for hearing my prayer.” Snuff out the candle.

Put out the incense and take the water, the libation and the offering outside.

A Feast for Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Goddess of love, sensuality and all great passions. She is appropriately invited to any feast celebrating these things and food is, of course, an appropriate offering to her.

Aphrodite says, love what you eat, eat what you love and bring all your senses to the table! She is a very appropriate tutelary Goddess for the sensual Kitchen Witch.

Aphrodite is especially associated with apples due to the story of the golden apple: Eris tossed an apple into the crowd of Goddesses with a note that said “for the fairest”. Paris was selected to choose which Goddess got the apple, and he chose Aphrodite (really he was choosing the instrument of his doom… ) and as a reward he won the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, Queen of Sparta who was already married to a warlord, or rather the brother of a warlord, thus the Trojan war began.
Some modern scholars insist that the golden apple was in fact a quince.

One food to avoid when honoring Aphrodite is pork, as it was a wild boar that killed her beloved Adonis.

Some foods associated with Aphrodite:

(You may also wish to honor Aphrodite with foods associated with Her planet, Venus)

Menu for Aphrodite’s Feast

Appetizer
toast points or Crackers with rose hip jelly, brie and strawberries or goose liver pate.

Soup
Creamy Seafood Bisque

Salad
Arugula and Fruit Salad with Almonds

Main course
Grilled Oysters or steamed mussels and grilled tomatoes
over Herb Butter Pasta
Fava beans with thyme
Asparagus bundles

Dessert
Wine-steeped pears garnished with candied violets
served with chai

This ritual was adapted from this post http://sacredhearth.com/dev:ritual-in-honor-of-aphrodite

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Love Spell to Attract your Soulmate

You’ll need:

  1. Four red spell candles
  2. Two white spell candles
  3. Candle holders
  4. A lighter or match

When you speak, do so with strength and authority. You needn’t shout, but use a powerful, commanding tone of voice.

Now, you want to find a space that you can make your circle in. Sit or stand in the middle. Place one red candle about two feet in front of you. Place the other red candles about two feet to your right, to your left, and behind you. If possible, orient yourself to the North. Now, sit/stand in the middle and close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling relaxing energy flowing in with every in-breath and out with every out-breath. When you feel relaxed and focused, open your eyes. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of Earth, to support me with your grounding and strength. Light the candle in front of you.

Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of Fire, to strengthen my passion and emotion this night (or day). Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of the Wind, to free the path between me and my goal. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of the Water, to consume my intent to create. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. You should be facing the direction where you began. Say:

Within the balance of nature, I stand! Light one of the white candles and place it in front of you and slightly to the left. Say:

I am one with the power of nature. I am blessed to announce this night, that my intent is to draw my soulmate to me. Light the second white candle and place it in front of you and slightly to the right of the first white candle. Say:

As I will it, I bring into my life the soulmate that I crave, the love that I deserve. I am a powerful creator, and as I will, shall be. Reach out and pick up the two white candles, one in each hand, and raise them in front of you to eye-level. Say:

Two lights in an endless world, united at last by love and by passion. Tilt the two candles to combine their flames into one. Say:

As we come together as one, I bring my wish to pass. So mote it be! Blow out the combined flame of the white candles. Say:

I release this intent into the universe. My creation has begun, and I eagerly await my love. Turn ninety degrees to your left. Say:

Water I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the earth! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Wind I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the universe! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Fire I command thee! Empower my intent and bring haste to the process! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Earth I command thee! Bring my love to me! Blow out the candle in front of you.

Note: if you don’t feel comfortable commanding the elements you can say for example “Fire I ask of thee!”

Sit/Stand back in the center of your circle. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling the energy that you have generated coarsing through your being. Slowly, let the feeling fade back out. When you feel grounded and relaxed once more, open your eyes. Give thanks to the spirits who assist you, and resume your daily life.

I got this spell from https://wiccanspells.info/powerful-soulmate-spell/

Thank you so much for reading today’s post. Do you honour Aphrodite? Let me know along with any Valentine plans, thoughts, or questions you have in the comments below. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Day and Blessed Be.