Crystal Ball Scrying

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Genuine crystal balls are very expensive, and the best source for them is Germany, where they’ve mined and polished clear crystal for centuries. Less costly options include polished stones or balls made of lead crystal. The lead crystal options often have bubbles in them, and can be found in various colors. Those bubbles can actually aid in focusing, so the …

Black Mirror Gazing

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The black mirror is used very much like a crystal ball. You can purchase, or make your own if you prefer! Black paint on the back of a piece of glass is all this takes. Use an old photo frame, paint the back of the glass and return to the frame, etc. Gaze into the mirror, trying to find its …

Pendulum

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A pendulum can be made of any weighted object on a string. It can be a stone weight, crystal, metal, or even just a button on some thread. You don’t need to go spend money at all, just use what you have on hand at home already! Hold the thread between the thumb and forefinger on your power hand (dominant …

Tea Leaves

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Tea leaf reading is an easy divination, as the energies of the individual and of the tea leaves are united in the process of holding the teacup and drinking the beverage. To read tea leaves, you must use loose leaf tea. Generally it’s 1 teaspoonful per cup, plus 1 “for the pot”. Tea bags are typically 1 teaspoonful per, so …

Tarot Cards

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There are a number of tarot decks out there in the world, now. (There are Oracle cards that are great for personal readings, and their meanings are all found within the books that come with those decks. Choose one that feels right to you, or speaks to you.) The traditional tarot decks are also available, with Major Arcana (The Fool, …

Tarot Cards Meaning

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The Celtic Cross spread (Book 1, page 121) is a deep look into your life/situation/where you’re coming from/where you’re going. ● The Tree of Life spread uses either playing cards or tarot deck, using the final 3 cards as a final impression-(Book 1, pg 119) makes a tree shape in its lay out. The trunk shows the nature, attitudes, and …

Reading Tarot Cards

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When reading other people, trust your intuition. The reader should be relaxed and open to communication. The reading will present cards that represent things at the present time, at the time of the reading. Any future cards are suggestive of a likely outcome, given the present situation, and the querent does have the power to take the reading and make …

Major Arcana

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● 0- The fool- innocence, enthusiasm, start of a quest; (R) the quest has been achieved, it is time to rest and decide on a new narrative ● 1- The Magician- control over one’s own destiny; (R) lack of confidence, hesitation ● 2- The High Priestess- intuition, seeking wisdom and meanings of mysteries; (R) knowledge received is tailored to suit …

Minor Arcana

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Minor Arcana (56 cards), divided by suits: Wands (or Rods) ● Ace- creative power, new beginning; (R) stagnation, decline ● King- conscientiousness, plan is possible; (R) criticism, inaction ● Queen- practical, concept formed, sincerity; (R) poor planning, envy ● Prince (Knight)- journey, movement; (R) discord, plans change ● Princess (Page)- completion, energy, message; (R) uncertainty ● 10- determination, fruition of …

Suit of Swords Tarot

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● Ace- strength, power to achieve goals, action: (R) complexity needs caution ● King- authority, will and intellect, implementation of ideas decided; (R) tyranny, plans halted or methods undecided ● Queen- determination, action taken; (R) impracticality, spitefulness ● Prince (Knight)- heroic, career, action begun; (R) ideas unformed, conceit ● Princess (Knave)- matter resolved, insight; (R) hindrance, cunning ● 10- misfortune, …

 Cauldrons Tarot

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● Ace- abundance, love, joy, inspiration; (R) emotional upset, delays ● King- intuition, counselor, creative desire; (R) obstacles, immobility ● Queen- nurturing, psychic, emotional ties; (R) emotional ambivalence ● Prince (Knight)- inspiration, opportunity; (R) fraud, unworkable ideas ● Princess (Knave)- emotional realization, artistic; (R) indiscretion, unfulfillment ● 10- contentment in home and family; (R) quarrel, loss of friendship ● 9- …

Pentacle Tarot

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● Ace- material gains, growth, happiness; (R) immobility, empty wealth ● King- sensible, worldliness, manifest ideas; (R) inability, corrupt ● Queen- stability, culture, plans become reality; (R) neglect, delays ● Prince (Knight)- mature, responsible, implementation; (R) reckless, no gains ● Princess (Knave)- completion, study; (R) dissipation of energy, unrealistic ● 10- prosperity, stability, joy; (R) worries, changes, disruption ● 9- …

Runes

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You can purchase or make your own set of runes for divination. To make your own, you need a set of 25 objects. These may be painted runes on pebbles, wood, tile squares, or engraved on crystals or metal. The stones are the easiest. Keep your runes inside a cloth bag, and consecrate them to your use as you would …

Practice of Magick

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Candle magic may be the most basic form of magical practice. It can be very simple, a prayer and lighting a candle before an image or in a special place. Or you can anoint the candles with herb-infused oils to draw upon the power of the herb devas, and inscribe the candle, dedicate it to a magical purpose, and light …

Native American images and Magick

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Native American cultures spawn images that are often incorporated into rituals, but the author, Ann, does not feel this is a good thing to do if you are not part of that culture to begin with. Each of the Native American peoples have a unique culture that those outside it seem to fantasize about, and incorporating those motifs without that …

Types of Magick

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The overall idea of types of magic, like Black magic, or White magic, largely stem from applying Ceremonial uses of magic practice to Witchcraft. To this author, it’s not really applicable, as the dark side of nature and the light side naturally find balance in the world. The idea that black magic is evil and white as good, with grey …

Components of Ritual Magic

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1. Choose the timing of the spell 2. Outline the ritual and prepare your tools and materials 3. Purify yourself 4. Purify the working space 5. Create a sacred circle 6. Have an invocation 7. Perform the ritual observance 8. Raise and direct energy 9. Earth (ground) the residual power 10. Take some refreshment 11. Acknowledge the Lady and Lord …

What is a handfasting

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A handfasting is a wedding or betrothal ceremony, and to be handfasted is equivalent to being married or betrothed. Before we get into the details, let’s back up a bit and have a quick history lesson. In most of pre-Christain Europe, weddings were fairly straightforward affairs, and this was especially true for northern Europe and Celtic lands. Two families came …

Symbolism for Divination

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Acorn- youth, strength, man, small start for large accomplishment ● Airplane- travel, new projects ● Anchor- voyage, rest, problem solved, security ● Arrow- news, disagreements, direct action ● Basket- gift, security, comfort ● Baby- new interests, security, new beginnings ● Bees (hive, comb)- fertility, industry, community, self-sacrifice ● Bell- celebrations, news (good or bad, depending on other indicators) ● Bird- …

Magickal Practices

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The Green level of Witchcraft uses herbs in many different practices pertaining to the Craft. Herbs alone can be used for health, comfort, treatments of ailments, and divinations. They can be added to spells in charms, candle magic, oils, and incenses, and are used in bult for sprinklings, aspersions, and magic packets. Infused herbal oils, they can be used for …

Spell Work Factors

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Spells are generally done on a personal basis to effect changes that are advantageous to the witch. When working for other people, the primary difficulty is whether or not the person sincerely wants the spell done. Speaking one truth while feeling another will certainly impact the working of the spell. Timing:​ When using a candle for spellwork, as it burns …

Basic spell Health

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This spell is done on a Thursday at the 8th hour after sunrise. Prepare an herbal powder: 2 tsp lavender, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp coriander seed, & 1 willow leaf, saying to each ingredient as it is added, “I charge you by the sun and the moon to release your energy in my work!” Prepare a …

Health Spell

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Arrange altar with ritual tools, bowl of water, bowl of salt. Light sandalwood incense and candles for the Goddess and the God (green and red or blue and orange), at the left and right sides of the altar. Anoint 2 yellow votive candles with rue oil and dedicate them to the healing of (name) in the names of the Lady …

Psychic Shields and Stones for the Empath

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Being an empath can be really tough. It’s overwhelming and sometimes it all makes you just want to hide, but nowhere is safe. I’m sorry. It’s really hard to handle. I’ve been there. But! You can find control, and once you can, it’s much better. You can better focus the energy where you would like to use it, this way. …

Altars & Sacred Tools

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First of all, it is important to remember that tools, herbs, candles, crystals and so on are not actually necessary to work magic. Your own energy and the power of your mind, as well as the blessings of the deities and spirits, are the important things. However, these extra ingredients do make it easier to work spells – and are …

Elemental Correspondence

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Earth  Generally called from the North  Considered cool and dry and is associated with the melancholic temperament  Represents the solid state of matter  Corresponds to the physical part of ourselves, our physical body, and rules the elder state of life.  Rules the intestines  Rules the winter and the night  Represents the sense of …

Full Moon Esbat

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Prepare your altar ● Candles may be blue-white-orange or green-white-red ● Incense may be bay, sandalwood, or frankincense ● Have spellwork materials ready on altar Rite ● Sweep circle area, say “I sweep clean the circle, sweeping negative and chaotic energies away from my sacred space.” ● lay out circle and altar items. ● Bathe & robe. Light incense and …

Hex Breaking

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Now the nature of the hex is simple. It’s basically a dark cloud that follows someone causing havoc and misery. This is what we will learn to break today. First you must be able to sense the hex. Write down the person’s name whom you think may be hexed. If you start to feel a sudden depression Chances are that …

Ritual magick

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Ritual magick is no different from any other activity that you may carry out in a systematic way. Yes, it is true, it is more formal than folk magick: you are using special tools and following a series of preordained steps based on traditional practice. But this does not mean that it has to be so complicated as to be …

The Athame

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An athame is, quite simply, a ceremonial knife. It is one of the ritual tools that entered the tradition through the influence of magicians and witches who set out the wisdom, mainly at the beginning of the twentieth century and in the upsurge of covens during the 1950s. Gerald Gardener, one of the founding fathers of Wicca, considered ritual knives …

The Sword

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Like the athame, the sword stands in the East of the circle as a tool of the Air element. Swords are the suit symbol of Air in the Tarot and are also one of the Christian as well as the Celtic Grail treasures. Each of the Tarot suits and the main elemental ritual items in magick, represented by these four …

The Bell

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The bell stands in the North of the circle and is an Earth symbol. It is an optional tool and can be made from either crystal or protective brass. Best for magick is the kind that you strike. The bell is traditionally rung nine times at the beginning and close of each ritual; the person ringing the bell should stand …

The Broom

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The broom, or besom, was originally – and still is – a domestic artefact. It represents magically the union of male and female in the handle and the bristles and so is a tool of balance. Brooms have several uses in magick. A broom is sometimes rested horizontal to the altar to add protection, and couples jump over one in …

The Cauldron

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The cauldron is the one ritual tool that is positively charged by being the centre of domestic life and can replace the altar as a focus for less formal magick spells. If you can obtain a flameproof cauldron with a tripod, you can, on special occasions such as Hallowe’en, light a fire out of doors and heat up a brew …

The Chalice

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The chalice, or ritual cup, used for rituals is traditionally made of silver, but you can also use crystal, glass, stainless steel or pewter. The chalice represents the Water element and is placed in the West of the altar. Like the sword, it is a sacred Grail treasure and is a source of spiritual inspiration. The Grail cup is most …

The Pentacle

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The pentacle is a symbol of the Earth and is familiar to users of Tarot packs. It is placed in the North of the altar. It consists of a flat, round dish or disc, engraved with a pentagram within a circle. The pentacle has been a magical sign for thousands of years. The five-pointed star of the pentagram within it …

The Wand

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The wand is a symbol of Fire and should be placed in the South of the altar. The wand is sometimes represented by a spear. Both the wand and spear, like the athame and sword, are male symbols. The spear, another Fire symbol, is not used in magick, except occasionally in the form of a sharpened stick in sacred sex …

Symbols Of Magick

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Although you can carry out rituals using absolutely anything, you may like to create a special set of symbols for a variety of rituals. These you can keep in a separate box within your main store of magick artefacts so they do not get scattered or broken. You may include a thimble to symbolise domestic affairs, a tiny padlock for …

Witches Salt

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Salt rituals are among the oldest forms of magick and salt can form the focus of magick for health and prosperity ceremonies as well as for psychic protection. The kind used is most usually sea salt and represents the Earth element. It should be kept covered and separate from domestic salt and it must be empowered before use. The salt …

Charging And Cleansing Your Tools

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Once you have prepared your elemental substances, you can charge your tools ready for use. If they have been bought, whether new or second-hand, you might also like to cleanse them first. You can also cleanse them after a formal ritual or when their energies seem depleted. If the ritual is important or arduous, you can recharge the tools before …

The Four Quarters Of The Circle

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Every magical circle is divided into four quarters that are in ceremonial magick called the Watchtowers. The higher essences who protect the quarters are invoked as the Guardians, who control and direct the elemental powers. Sometimes they are called Kings, sometimes Devas, or they may be pictured as the four main archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. How you perceive …

Preparing For Ritual

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Preparation for ritual is important. Despite this, even magick has to conform to the needs and customs of the modern world, and so witches today often do not fast for 24 hours or abstain from sex for the same period. But you should try to slow your activities down in the hours before a formal ceremony, eat only a light …

A Formal Ritual To Restore Prosperity

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Such a ritual could be used, for example, to boost employment in a town that has become an urban wasteland. * Set four floor candles in the elemental colours in the four main compass points of what will be the circle. The altar is in the centre. * Place a single large beeswax candle in the centre of the altar. …

A Full Moon Ritual For Energy

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Use this ritual to bring specific lunar energies into your life. It should be carried out on the evening of the full moon or as close as you can. I choose Cantios, my favourite full moon of the year, when calling for help to finish things I have left undone, but you can use the same method and much of …

The Cycle Of The Moon

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As well as the months, the phases of the Moon offer scope for different kinds of magick during the individual monthly moon cycles. However, problems in interpretation of these energies can arise because astronomy and astrology are no longer regarded as the same thing. For example, to our ancestors, the astrological Dark of the Moon was the same as the …

Working With The Moon Phases

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There are eight astronomical phases of the Moon, but magick generally focuses on three that are considered to be particularly significant. The waxing moon: As the Moon is increasing in size, it is said to be waxing. The light increases, appearing to spread from right to left, and this phase lasts right until the moment that the Moon becomes completely …

Moon Phases And You

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Like the Moon, you and everything around you – children, pets, plants and, of course, crystals – will become more dynamic and charged as the Moon increases. This is especially noticeable with moonstones and topaz. Then, as the Moon wanes, everything loses energy and enthusiasm. It’s the spirit and body’s way of telling you to slow down and regenerate. I …

Tuning Magically Into The Lunar Phases

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The cycle from new moon to new moon lasts 29.5 days but because the Moon has an irregular orbit, the time of its rising and setting will vary each day. For this reason, phases can vary in length by a day or so each month. The best way to understand the Moon is as our ancestors did, by studying in …

The Waxing Moon

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This is the time for new beginnings and long-term goals and you can repeat the same spell during each waxing moon period for projects that will take months or even a year or more to bring to fruition. The closer to the full moon, the more intense the energies will be, and a spell lasting over three days, up to …

The Full Moon

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If you look in your Moon diary, you will see the exact time the full moon rises in your area. That is the most powerful moment of all and if you can time the climax of a spell for that time you will touch the stars. The time between rising and setting is also very potent and can do wonders …

The Waning Moon

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This is for banishing magick and for removing pain, sickness and obstacles to success and happiness. It will lessen negative influences, addictions, compulsions, negative thoughts, grief, guilt, anxiety, the envy and malice of others and destructive anger that is best let go. It can also be used for gently ending relationships and stages where there are regrets but still goodwill. …

Planets and Angels

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Different days of the week and hours of the day and night are associated with specific energies and each particular time is ruled by a planet and an archangel. Though these were primarily centred on ceremonial magick, they can also be used to give focus and potency to informal spells. The planetary and angelic hours can also be applied to …

Planetary Days And Their Applications

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The Sun Sunday, the day of the Sun, is for spells for personal fulfilment and ambition, power and success, for increasing the flow of the life force, asserting or strengthening your identity and individuality, for innovation of all kinds and new beginnings. It is potent also for energy, joy, health prosperity, spiritual awareness, self-confidence, for bringing wealth and prosperity if …

Magickal Hours

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The hours of the day are also influenced by the planets. For example, if you were carrying out a love spell in which you wanted rapid results, perhaps for a special meeting, you could work on a Friday, Venus’s day, on both her hours – sunrise and the third hour after sunset. If you wanted courage in love, you would …

Angelic Correspondences

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You can, if you wish, use angelic rulers instead of planetary ones for the magical hours, or combine the energies of both. In practice, if your magick has a spiritual focus or is concerned with healing or global or ecological matters, angels work better than planets. If you have calculated your daily planetary hours, your angels will correspond exactly. As …

Archangels And Their Days Of The Week

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Michael Michael is the archangel who rules the Sun. Michael’s day is Sunday. Michael, the Initiator, brings illumination and inspiration in many spheres of life, through the efforts of our individual creative spirit. Michael is the guardian of all who stand alone with their unique vision for bettering the world and are not prepared to compromise their ideals for humanity, …

A Ritual With Seven Angels

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This would be a suitable ritual for welcoming a new baby or child into a family whether in birth, by adoption or through the joining of two existing families. It may also be used for sending a teenager out into the world. You can also adapt the ritual to welcome adults into a family or help them to move on …

Living By The Seasons

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It may be that our very early ancestors mainly made love in the late spring/early summer when the energies of the Earth were rising and the days getting longer and warmer. In this way, the newly pregnant mother could benefit from an abundance of fresh food in the summer and autumn and give birth at a time when she would …

The Wheel Of The Year

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The Wheel of the Year, or Eightfold Wheel, is a magical and spiritual division of the year that may date back to the first agricultural societies. It was formalised by the Celts, although some historians believe that it was predated by an earlier threefold division that celebrated the beginning of winter, midwinter and midsummer, and was perhaps linked to the …

Using The Seasons In Magick

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You can add extra depth and significance to your rituals by carrying them out using the associated candles, crystals, herbs and incenses when the particular seasonal energies are at their height. Such seasonal empowerments will bring the related qualities into your life, to be stored for times when you need their strengths in your everyday world, perhaps at a time …

The Festival Of Imbolc

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Time: Sunset 31 January-sunset 2 February (31 July-2 August in the southern hemisphere) Focus: New growth, melting the ice, bringing light into the darkness, the return of the Maiden Goddess This was the festival of early spring when ewe’s milk was first available after the long, cold winter and the first shoots might be seen in the still-frozen fields. One …

Ostara, The Spring Equinox

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Time: From sunset on or about 20 March for three days (from sunset on or about 21 September in the southern hemisphere) Focus: The triumph of light over darkness, resurrection, new beginnings and opportunities; spring cleaning and casting out what is no longer of worth; fertility and conception, the winds of change. At the spring equinox, the Sun rises precisely …

Beltane, The Festival Of Fire

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  This Celtic festival of summer is also called Bel-fire, the festival of Belenus, Celtic god of light. Time: Sunset 30 April-sunset 2 May (31 October-2 November in the southern hemisphere) Focus: The fertility of the Earth, creatures, crops, people and animals; the instinctive energies that can be manifest as passion whether in sexual terms or for any cause; the …

Litha, The Summer Solstice

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Time: Three days beginning from sunset around 20 June (20 December in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Full potency, illumination, mysteries revealed; healing, the height of joy, fulfilment, the need to seize the moment. The summer solstice has been celebrated in cultures as far apart as Russia and North America, where Sun dances were an assertion of power and courage and …

Lughnassadh

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Please Scroll Down for the Audio Compliment Lughnassadh The Festival Of The Corn Harvest Time: Sunset 31 July-sunset 2 August (31 January-2 February in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Willing sacrifice for the greater good, natural justice and karma, trusting the cosmos to provide by giving without seeking immediate return; also spiritual transformation, renewal of the life force by absorbing the …

Samhain

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Please Scroll Down  for the Audio Compliment The Festival Of Wisdom Time: Sunset 31 October-sunset 2 November (30 April-2 May in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Ancient wisdom, moving between the dimensions, the intersection between past and future and so a present that is not limited by time and space; welcoming the ancestors, confronting and overcoming fears of ageing and mortality. …

Winter Solstice

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Please Scroll Down  for the Audio Compliment Time: For three days from sunset on or around 20 December (20 June in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Rebirth, the return of light, the triumph of life over death, spiritual awakening, light in the midst of darkness, faith that the Wheel will turn and the life cycle begin anew. The mid-winter solstice pre-dates …