Spells and Magic

Spring Equinox: Ostara

The Spring Equinox is a celebration that occurs when the day and night are of equal length. It is a time signifying renewal, balance and rebirth. Known as Eostar in pagan circles, the name comes to us from a Germanic Goddess of spring and fertility...

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Imbolc: Festival of Lights

February 2

In the wheel of the year, we are entering the holy time of Imbolc. It is the “quickening” time, when intention and devotion rise up within us to meet the year ahead. Today we know Imbolc as Groundhog's Day, when we wait to see if the Groundhog sees his shadow to let us know how long it will be until Spring appears.

And we may indeed feel the promise of Spring, as crocuses pop up here and there and the days seem visibly longer. This is traditionally a time to renew commitments and connect more deeply with your path – whether spiritual, philosophical or vocational. This is a good time to consider what you are here to serve.

Imbolc is an ancient festival of light, and it can also be a time of purification and cleansing in readiness to breathe life into actions and ideas with the coming of the spring. We have been dreaming up new visions, gathering our resources and strength through the winter, and now we begin to see the ways our dreams could take form in the coming year.

To align with the energy of Imbolc, take some time to connect with your personal mission statement for the year and see if it feels right to commit to that. Don't have a personal mission statement for the year? Well, go ahead and make one.

Sit down with a pen and paper and breathe deeply. You are going to move into a state where you can listen to your inner-voice. Ask yourself, your body, your heart: What do I need to cultivate this year? What wisdom is there for me to find in the year ahead? You may also ask yourself, What is sacred to me, at this time in my life? How can I serve that energy? What is my Deep Self/Higher Self calling for me to be?

Take some time to write about this, remembering to listen to your deep self and write whatever comes without censoring or judging the content. Use this writing to craft a short, simple personal mission statement for 2016. You can use this mission statement as a way to check in with yourself before making decisions. Does this action serve my mission for the year?

The Longest Night

Yule, or the Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year, but it signifies the return of the power of the Sun for now the days will begin to grow longer. At this magical time of year when the Sun is reborn, we can feel sustained even in the darkest of times by our faith that life will continue in its round, luscious cycle

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The Wheel of the Year: Mabon

The Autumn Equinox has been celebrated across the world for millennia as a festival of harvest. It is a time when the day and night forces are in perfect balance, but now the nights will grow longer and the days shorten as we approach the winter. At this time of year, we gather together to celebrate the plentiful harvests, to draw strength for the coming winter, and to recognize the gifts of the ancestors...

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Beltane: The Green Gate

Beltane is a celebration of sacred unions filling our souls with abundance and the generous fertility of the land. We can mark this point on the wheel by stepping fully through the gate from the dark half into the light half of the year, which is moving from our inner-exploration to outer action. Take a closer look at your relationship with your body, connect with what you desire, and let yourself sink into your senses. This time of year can activate your sexuality and bring the energy of abundance and prosperity into your life. 

A Beltane Ritual

  • Consider an area of your life that you would like to fill with the energy of vitality, life-force and creativity. Such an area could be a relationship, your work/career, having children, or a specific project you’d like to begin.
  • Set a clear intention, such as “to bring more vitality and creativity to my relationship with X” or “to step fully into my power as a writer and let go of self-defeating tendencies that keep me from that power”.
  • Build an altar with this intention, intuitively choosing objects that seem to resonate with your intention and vision. You can also use old magazines to make a collage with this intention. The idea is to create a physical representation of your desires. You may want to journal about this vision or write about the objects that you chose. Or you may just take the time to sit with the energy of your altar or collage. Giving voice to your desires is a powerful way to work with the spirit of Beltane, so singing, playing music or simply speaking your intentions will give them more power.
  • Make offerings of plants, food, or incense to your spirit-helpers.

For the next few days or weeks, take time every day to visit your altar or collage. As you sit with it, let yourself imagine a channel of energy flowing back and forth between you and it. Imagine that you are feeding your vision what it needs to grow, much like watering and tending a seedling. Imagine it in turn feeding you with the energy you need to manifest your vision. Listen for what it needs from you. Take small steps in your outer life toward this vision, and be sure to celebrate your successes –whether they be small or large in scope.

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

The Spring Equinox is a celebration that occurs when the day and night are of equal length. It is a time signifying renewal, balance and rebirth. Known as Ostara in pagan circles, the name comes to us from a Germanic Goddess of spring and fertility. The symbols of this holiday are seeds, eggs, and magical rabbits. Sound familiar?

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