Wickedywitch 13th April 2013

A fast going week this has been, the weather had been up and down, from warm and sunny to windy and rain. The fence decided to fall even further and still no nearer to finding the much needed deeds to resolve the boundary issue.  My partner whilst it was dry has done a temporary fix on the fence, so at least it is upright for now, hopefully the wind won’t blow it down.

My son has been ill with a head cold and extremely sore throat that has been doing the rounds, a shame as he has missed out on his half term break. Though a cheap food session during the half term as he hardly ate anything poor chappie. The worse part of sore throats is getting over that initial feeling that you have had your throat sandpapered.  It took him a week to get over the sore throat and his appetite is still not brilliant.

Had friends from Wolfpaw Tipi Village come over for a visit, it was so lovely to have them over; sadly it was over far too soon. I don’t get many visitors and these guys are my special family. Meanwhile secret squirrel stuff was going on, they had arranged the guys to go over and dig and weed a special friend’s garden, and as she had bought the girls over to visit me it gave them time to do it.  She was very pleased as you can imagine, and there is no one that deserves it more than her.

I’m returning back to work after a 6 month break due to illness, I had a breakdown due to a lot of factors. It’s a very big confidence destroyer and has left me feeling very fragile and vulnerable at times.  It’s frustrating as you feel you are getting better then something to another person would be very small, would be a major setback.  It takes a lot for me to leave the house, I can but it’s a big major event to do it. The house is a comfort zone, your space if you like. It’s hard to explain as each person has different frustrations and upsets, mine has been confidence, concentration and extreme tiredness. Anyhow its back to work on Monday recuperative hours, I’m lucky that the team I work for are very caring and understanding.

BB Wickedywitch

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Wickedywitch Stories – The Secret Life of Annie – part 18

Wayne had been bombarded with questions from Annie, until he had to stop her and sit her down. He went through all he knew, that Laura hadn’t been since last Tuesday, when she had finished work she had gone and met up with her best friend Katie. Wayne had spoken to Katie and she was very upset and concerned, Laura had been okay though she had spent the whole time complaining about her Dad and how bad tempered he had become.  Katie had dropped Laura of around 9pm, and that was the last time she had seen her or had any contact with her. She had phoned the house a few times, until she had got hold of Simon, who had told her she had gone away for a few days, she couldn’t get any answer on her mobile or email. Katie had got suspicious as they spoke everyday via text, phone or meeting up for coffee or a night out, and she had heard nothing.  He had gone to the bank to see his dad to be told that he had booked a week off of work. Going back to the house he had checked his Dads room but nothing was gone, he hadn’t been able to find anything of interest at all.  The kettle was warm so someone had been there that morning. Wayne looked at his mother, ‘I shouldn’t have moved out and left her with him’ he looked as if he was about to cry, ‘I feel so guilty I should have looked after her’ putting his head in his hands he looked so dejected, shaking her head Annie placed her hands over his and lifted his face to hers ‘you have nothing to feel guilty about, we had no idea your dad was going to turn and hit me, if anyone should feel guilty it is me, I should have stayed at home’ Sue found them huddled together and the sight made her sad and at the same time very angry that they had to feel this way, as long as she lived she would never understand how people can hurt other people.

Feeling better after their fish and chips the three sat down and started to discuss what their best course of action was going to be.  Annie had decided she needed to go home and sort it out from that end; Wayne voiced his concern along with Sue at that idea. Annie had decided that it was best not to tell Wayne about the lottery win as this could cause problems, the less he knew the better for all of them. In the end they decided to tell him that she had the chance of renting the property from Sue.  Wayne hadn’t questioned and that was a relief to Sue and Annie, who hated lying to her son, but knew if would only take a slip and Simon would be on it like a rash, and there was no way he was getting hold of that money, that was going to make sure that she could support herself and her children.  She would worry about the legal side at a later date. Sue left them to have time together and headed home, her mind churning over the information hoping an answer would jump out of her.

After Sue had left, Wayne and Annie sat and went over everything again, in the end they agreed the only way was for Annie to come home at the end of her time at Combe Martin so as not to get Simon suspicious. Wayne would return home tomorrow and would pop round to see his dad, and would start dropping in regular so as Simon wouldn’t find it strange. They had all agreed that Laura’s disappearance was down to Simon, it was just a case of discovering what he had done and where he had her, they had considered going to the police, and after a lot of thought decided this might push Simon over the edge, especially after the police involvement at the hospital with Annie.

Simon had returned home late evening, he was tired and irritable as he opened the door to the house.  At least he had eaten, he had dropped off at a Toby Inn on his way home, dropping his car keys on the telephone table in the hall he wandered into the front room and switched on the television. Grabbing a beer from the fridge he sat down, the news was on, babbling away about Syria, his mind drifted to his day, he had sorted a lot out and felt quite happy with the outcome. Four days left and Annie will be back where she should be, and things are going to change, it will only be the two of them, now Wayne had moved out, and Laura, well Laura was out of the way, he sniggered to himself, yes he would show his family who was boss.

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Wickedywitch – Gift ideas for my grandparents

My grandmother was an amazing lady, of very independent nature.  Born and bred Scottish woman who wore her tweeds and sensible brogues till the day she died.  She would walk her dog five miles in the morning and five miles in the evening over the Scottish highlands, cooked and baked all her own food, made all of her clothes and very much of the don’t waste a thing brigade.  Gifts for my grandmother were in itself a challenge, she didn’t like flowers, perfumes and bath scents was definitely out of the question.  Recipe books another non item, to get a gift for her was a head scratching and endless discussion within the family.

We bought her clothing, which we found still with the labels on in her drawers.  We bought her books to read, she gave them away.  She loved to get photographs of the grandchildren so she got plenty of framed photographs that gave those members of the family a sigh of relief wrapping up those pictures.  No matter what gift we gave her, she would smile sweetly and thank us profusely, but we knew it would just head into one of her many drawers, stored lovingly away.

The family would cry ‘she doesn’t need anything; she wants for nothing, what can we get for her?’  Granddad was no help ‘och just get her some chocolates’ he would advise, but even with the best will in the world six boxes of chocolates would be a bit over the top in the gift stakes.  Of course Granddad was easy to buy for, socks, aftershave and whiskey.  One year none of us bought him aftershave he was most upset he had to go and buy some as normally it would last all year.  We were never silly enough to think of alternative gifts for granddad again.

Then one year I broke away from the usual discussions of what to get Grandmother and decided to put together a hamper of all of her favourite things.  I spent three months before Christmas popping into the hamper, a large tin of Quality Street, of which she was most fond of, a book of twelve stamps, a pad, pen and envelopes.  Food items of various kinds, teabags etc. tights from thick to thin to take her through winter, spring and summer.  Hat and glove set, a new apron with pockets in the front and a selection of her favourite biscuits.  Proudly I wrapped it up and waited with excitement for Christmas to arrive to give her my gift.

I hadn’t told anyone about my gift so there we all were, waiting for grandmother to arrive, she came and sat in her favourite seat and one by one accepted her presents, I had deliberately waited till last, the hamper was heavy and cumbersome as I walked unsteadily over to her, I placed it carefully on the floor in front of her.  Her eyes widened as she looked at the gaily wrapped parcel in front of her, everyone waited longing to know what I had bought.  Leaning forward she carefully removed the paper, folded it and placed it to one side, and then like a child she giggled and opened the hamper lid, and let out a squeal of delight at the goodies laid out in front of her.

We all looked at each other and laughed at her delight, as she emptied the contents in front of her then re-packed them back in again.  When she had gone home and we were left sitting and chatting we reflected that we had been trying to hard over the years of finding a gift for Grandmother, we had not looked at the kind of woman she was, a woman that had been through two world wars, had to make do and wasted nothing.  In the end the gift that had delighted her had been simple and things that she used in her daily life.  She hadn’t wanted fancy gifts; they were frivolous to her all she wanted was the simple things in life.

After that we all put into a hamper for her, one year we forgot the quality street and she soon told us that we had forgotten the sweets, she had a decidedly wicked glint in her eye; we soon got her a tin and never forgot again.  Granddad we had always got right, he simply wanted just three items, whiskey, socks and aftershave.

 

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Wickedywitch Stories – The Secret Life of Annie – part 17

The coffee shop was quite busy with the lunchtime rush, grabbing a small table in the middle they discussed Laura’s disappearance, Annie frightened for her daughter and Sue wanting to get the police involved, Wayne on his way down….  In the end they decided to wait until Wayne arrived and make the decision then, this was the hardest thing that Annie had to do, she was frightened and worried about Laura and felt she should  be doing lots more to find her, but what?….

Simon was muttering under his breath as he drove towards Hereford, he should have waited until the rush hour had gone by before heading of. He had a lot to do though before Annie got back, and was angry that he had to take a week off to sort things out. Banging his hand down hard on his horn at the slow car in front did nothing to calm him down. The roads continued to be slow as he came off the A44 onto the A4103 to Hereford.  Laura had become just like her mother, argumentative, talking back at him, no respect for him at all. She had gone too far, just like her mother, he had to teach her a lesson, he had soon sorted her out, and Annie will come home once she knows that her precious daughter had gone missing. A cruel smile sat in a vicious line on his face, his eyes piercing with hate, his hands clenched onto the steering wheel as anger flooded through him, the more he thought of Annie the angrier he got.  It was all that silly bitches fault everything had been just how he wanted it, until she decided to back chat him, okay he had gone a bit too far putting her into hospital the rage had got hold of him. That was her fault as well; cursing again he hit the horn hard again bruising the side of his hand.

‘This place is lovely dear’ Sue had sat down on one of the old sofas in the cottage.  Ben had gone to check a couple of things for the owners and had left them to wander around. Sitting next to Sue, she looked around the room, it was cosy even though cluttered, and it saddened her that the old ladies stuff had been left unwanted by her family. She wondered if they had even visited her when she was alive. She almost felt as if she was trespassing, ‘it’s a shame the family didn’t want to come and sort out the old ladies stuff’  nodding Sue looked around the room, ‘probably too busy’  they both sat in silence lost in their own thoughts until Ben walked through the door shattering the silence, ‘how are you doing? Do you have any questions?’ Annie looked around the room again and had to ask what was going to happen to the stuff, it saddened her to think of someone coming in and piling it off into skips etc. ‘The owners have asked us to clear it for them, they don’t want anything kept, I’ll get that sorted out as soon as I can’ coming to a quick decision Annie asked Ben if she could sort it out.  The owners had agreed on Annie’s price and all that was left to do was sort out the legal side of things, they had already had the conveyance done. Leaving Annie and Sue, Ben went off to chat to the owners and came back with a big smile on his face. ‘They have agreed that you can sort out the stuff, and also that you can have a key to come and go as you please, as long as you don’t start any major work until the legal papers have been signed’

Heading back to Ilfracombe, the key safely tucked into her purse, Annie’s mobile pinged with a text; Wayne had sent her a message saying he was half an hour away. The relief that he wasn’t far, and the fear of her daughter’s disappearance hit her hard. Pulling over, she quickly wiped her eyes; Sue hugged her and told her that she would drive giving Annie time to compose herself.  When they arrived at the cottage, Sue popped the kettle on and left Annie to go and wash her face with cold water. Wayne pulled up onto the drive, looking tired and in need of something to eat.  Sue left them to catch up and headed into town to grab some fish and chips for tea; it was going to be a long night she was thinking to herself, ‘what’s that nasty husband of hers up to?’ shaking her head she quickly nipped home to check a few things, then headed back to the cottage.

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Wickedywitch Stories – The Secret Life of Annie – part 17

Annie sat numb with fear that was crawling through her body like a virus, the more it took hold the more Annie’s mind latched onto the fear, her mind in chaotic scenarios. Grabbing the phone she rang Sue, it was the only thing she could think to do. Sue arrived at the cottage and immediately took the distraught Annie into her arms as she would a child. Annie sobbed and Sue let the tears run their course. The two women sat in the kitchen nursing their hot drinks, both glancing on and off at the phone willing it to ring.  When the phone rang they looked at each other, until Sue picked it up and handed it over to Annie, the conversation was a number of yes and no replies from Annie who was visibly shaking. Eventually she put down the phone; Sue waited patiently for Annie to tell her and got up to make another drink for them. As she was spooning in the sugar Annie told her what Wayne had told her. Wayne had gone round to the house, he waited till he saw his dad leave then making sure he had gone, he slipped into the house shouting for Laura, he had then noticed quite a few letters on the stand in the hall way with Laura’s name on the envelopes. Her room looked as if she had just left it, the bed was messed up, dirty clothes on the floor, a mug on the side of the table showing signs of mould floating in it. He had checked her wardrobe, drawers and as far as he could tell there was nothing missing, her suitcase was still on top of the wardrobe. Laura’s laptop was plugged in and the one thing Wayne knew was if she went away that laptop went with her. Firing up the laptop he carried on going through the drawers. As he was looking through the drawer of the bedside table he kicked something with his foot, a cold dread went through him, Laura’s handbag was under the bed. Checking through it he could see her purse, and then her mobile phone. Running his fingers through his hair, he could feel his heartbeat racing alongside his fear.  Turning to the laptop he cursed as he could see the password prompt. After a few tries that failed he decided to take the laptop with him, first he rang his mother.  Annie had told him to leave the laptop as it would show Simon that someone had been in the house.  Wayne wanted to phone the police, he decided to go and speak to his Dad first, to see what he knew, Annie agreed that this was the best course of action and agreed to stay where she was until he got back to her.

Annie and Sue felt at a loss to what was the best course of action, Sue had already got the shop covered, until eventually she asked Annie ‘what had you planned to do today?’  Annie showed her the ‘to do ‘list and explained that she had been compiling it when Simon had rung and started of this stream of events. Standing up and taking the mugs into the kitchen, Sue stood up and said firmly ‘there’s nothing we can do here at this moment so get your coat and car keys, let’s go and get the laptop and see Ben, send Wayne a text telling him that you are on your mobile’ the car drive to Ilfracombe was uneventful and as they parked up Annie’s mobile pinged, the text was from Wayne, Simon wasn’t at work and had taken a fortnights leave. The more they found out the more everything was pointing to Simon. His text back was to say he was on his way down to Combe Martin and would see her soon. The two women headed to the estate agent to speak to Ben, Annie was fast realising that she would have to leave Ben and Sue to deal with the cottage, and she would have to go back to Pershore.  She shuddered with the thought, and then steeled herself to sort everything out. Ben was very helpful and agreed to sort everything out for her, and Annie asked if she could have another look at the cottage so she could show Sue what she wanted done. Ben had one appointment and would contact the seller, and then he was available to take them at noon. Leaving Ben to sort things out, they headed off to find a laptop, neither woman had any idea of what make, model or size to get.  As they headed into the shop, they realised that it wasn’t going to be as easy as they thought, rows of different types of computers stood in front of them.  As they browsed a voice made them jump ‘this is the last place I thought I would find you Sue’ Sue laughed with relief as she hit out at Don ‘you silly sod you nearly gave me heart attack’ Don stood and laughed but to Annie he took her breath away, she had to put her head down as she was sure she was blushing. ‘So what are you looking for?’ Annie gathering herself quickly told him that she wanted a laptop, something she could use that would be simple enough for someone who hadn’t used one before. Don took them over to a set of laptops; both Sue and Annie were even more confused when he went on about memory and countless other things. In the end he asked if he could choose one for her, after asking her a few questions he then showed her two laptops, telling her that either one would give her what she wanted. An hour later they left the shop clutching a laptop in a bag and a dongle to access the internet on the move. Don had left them to it, with a wave and a laugh, Annie watched him go down the street until Sue did a small cough with a smile to attract her attention. Blushing furiously she smiled back at her and giggling like a couple of school girls they headed to the coffee shop to get a quick drink before they met Ben.

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Wickedywitch Moon Phases and how they are used in magic

The following content has been researched from the internet, none of the details below are written by myself:-

Moon Phase Chant

Where is the Moon when the Moon is new?

It’s a sliver to the right getting bigger every night

Where is the Moon when the Moon is round?

Rising as the sun is going down

Where is the Moon when the Moon is waning?

Sliver to the left till there’s no Moon remaining

Since time began, we have been using the Moon to live our lives by tuning into the Earth’s natural rhythms – to use the magic of the moon phases for living, growing crops, magic rituals, health and so much more.

Magic of the Moon Basics

The Moon completes a full orbit around the Earth every 29.5 days. The phases of the Moon are:

New Moon
Waxing Moon (when the Moon gets bigger in the sky, a narrow crescent growing from right to left)
Waning Moon (when the Full Moon is decreasing in size, moving back towards the New Moon, gradually changing to a decreasing crescent from right to left)
Gibbous Moon is the period between the first quarter and Full Moon and between the Full Moon and last quarter.

During the New Moon phase the position of the moon means no light is reflected off the Sun, so it is not visible at all.

The Full Moon appears 14 to 15 days after the New Moon and appears as a glorious glowing white circle in the night sky. This phase reflects the maximum amount of light from the Sun.

But the best way to put it into memory is a good old time folk tale:

The new Moon always rises at sunrise And the first quarter at noon. The full Moon always rises at sunset and the last quarter at midnight.

Or Picture the movement of the moon in terms of a clock whose hands are moving backward. The moon rests on the clock’s hour hand, Earth sits at the clock’s centre, while the sun shines far off in the direction of 12 o’clock. As the moon orbits counter clockwise around Earth, its position relative to the sun and Earth changes, giving us the varied phases of the moon. Each phase of the moon lasts approximately 5 days.

Moon Sister Moon

Moon Sister Moon, shining so high

Smile down upon me, full face in the sky

Moon Sister Moon, with your silver glow

Whisper your secrets, tell me what you know

Full moon names date back to Native American tribes of a few hundred years ago who lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

There were some variations in the moon names, but, in general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names.

Jan. 26, Full Wolf Moon: Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages.  It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule.  In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon.

Feb. 25,—Full Snow Moon: Usually the heaviest snows fall in this month. Hunting becomes very difficult, and, hence, to some tribes this was the Full Hunger Moon.

March 27,—Full Worm Moon: In this month the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.

In 2013, this is also the Paschal Full Moon— the first full moon of the spring season. The first Sunday following the paschal moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed four days later on Sunday, March 31.

April 25,—Full Pink Moon: The grass pink or wild phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and — among coastal tribes — the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn. The moon will also undergo a very slight partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from the Eastern Hemisphere, but not from North America. At its peak, less than 1.5 percent of the moon’s diameter will be immersed in the Earth’s umbral shadow; a very underwhelming event to say the least.

May 25,—Full Flower Moon or Hare Moon: Flowers are now abundant everywhere. It was also known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon. The moon will also undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse, but the passage of the moon’s disk into the Earth’s shadow will result in one of the slightest eclipses of all, administering a mere touch of penumbral shadow at the northernmost part of the lunar limb.

June 23,—Full Strawberry Moon: Strawberry-picking season peaks during this month.  Europeans called this the Rose Moon. The moon will also arrive at perigee only 32 minutes earlier, at 7 a.m. EDT at a distance of 221,824 miles (356,991 kilometres) from Earth. So this is the biggest full moon of 2013. Very high ocean tides can be expected during the next two or three days, thanks to the coincidence of perigee with the full moon.

July 22,—Full Buck Mead Moon: Named for when the new antlers of buck deer push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms now being most frequent. Sometimes it’s also called the Full Hay Moon.

Aug. 20,—Full Sturgeon Moon: This large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain is most readily caught at this time. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon, because when the moon rises it looks reddish through a sultry haze. It was also known as the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Sept. 19,—Full Harvest or Barley Moon: Traditionally, this designation goes to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal (fall) equinox. The Harvest Moon usually comes in September, but (on average) once or twice a decade it will fall in early October.  At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.

Usually the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice — the chief Indian staples — are now ready for gathering.

Oct. 18,—Full Hunters’ Moon or Blood Moon: With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it’s now time to hunt.  Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the fox, as well as other animals, which can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.

A penumbral lunar eclipse will also take place. Perhaps for some minutes centred on the time of greatest eclipse (7:50 p.m. EDT) might the penumbra be marginally detectable over the moon’s southernmost limb; for at that moment the penumbral magnitude will reach 76.5 percent.  Those living across the eastern half of North America might see some evidence of this faint penumbral shading soon after local moonrise.

Nov. 17, 10—Full Beaver Moon: At this point of the year, it’s time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Full Moon came from the fact that the beavers are now active in their preparation for winter. It’s also called the Frosty Moon.

Dec. 17,—Full Cold, Oak or Long Night’s Moon: On occasion, this moon was also called the Moon Before Yule. December is also the month the winter cold fastens its grip. Sometimes this moon is referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon and the term “Long Night” Moon is a very appropriate name because the nights are now indeed long and the moon is above the horizon a long time. This particular full moon makes its highest arc across the night sky because it’s diametrically opposite to the low sun.

2012 was a special year in that it has a Blue Moon on August 31st! When two full moons occur in a month, the second one is called a “blue moon”. They are quite rare and the next one isn’t until July 31st 2015. Be sure to make a wish on it!

The Full Moon and New Moon phases can also affect people in varying degrees – from feeling happy and full of energy to being exhausted, depressed and nervous! Many people sleep quite badly (if at all) during or coming up to either of these Moon phases.

Call To The Moons

Dark Moon, We Hear You Call Us

Bright Moon, We Call Your Name

Crescent Moon, We Sing With You

Crescent Moon, We Sing With You

Moon Magic

The Magic of the Moon is an essential and important part of the Wicca religion. Magic rituals are by and large performed by the moon phases which are known as the Maiden (waxing), the Mother (full) and the Crone (Waning) – all believed to be the faces of the Goddess.

New Moon- When the crescent moon is visible (horns facing left) it is time to begin new ventures and start new projects. Trim your hair and it will grow longer. Light a white candle and make a wish for the month. Move to a new house start a new job or begin a new relationship. Begin exercise regime or healthy eating plan now. is excellent for spells that are related to starting new projects, increasing abundance and healing.

Waxing Moon- Focus on creative magic during this phase. Perform spells for health, wealth or love. Think positively during this phase and your confidence will grow with the moon. Affirmations will encourage a positive attitude. Stand in front of a mirror every morning and say “I am a creative confident person.” You may feel silly but it will work.

Full Moon – When full, the moon is at its height of its energy and power. This is the phase most associated with magic. Concentrate on magic, spells and wishes emphasizing fulfilment, such as taking exams or completing a task. This is an excellent time to perform love spells. Spells for success are also best cast under a full moon. The Full Moon is good for healing rituals, protection spells and finishing off projects.

Waning Moon – As the moon decreases, it is the ideal time to focus on what you would like to disappear from your life. Perform magic to diminish debts, lessen your anxiety, to make illness shrink away or put off unwanted admirer. Visualize all your problems gradually decreasing. It is good fortune to give others during this phase. is perfect for clearing, cleansing, banishing and divination spells.

Dark/ New Moon- The three nights before the New Moon are known as the Dark of the Moon. As energies are uncertain and unpredictable at this time, casting spells in this period is not advised – with one exception! It has long been believed that planting an acorn in the Dark time of the Moon ensures that you will receive money in the near future. As the moon shrinks to nothing and turns its face away from the world, you will be wise to follow its example. Replenish your inner resources by withdrawing and looking inward. Practice yoga or meditation rather than acts of magic at this time unless absolutely need be or just work very minimal everyday magic. Evaluate what you want. But take no action until the next new moon or corresponding phase.

Once in a Blue Moon..
The complete sequence of moon phases from new to full takes over 29 days. There are 12 full moons in most years and 13 in others. Approximately once every 2 1/2 years 2 full moons fall within a single calendar month. The second of the full moons in known as a Blue Moon and magic performed under it is twice as strong.

Moon Oracle Set

Goddess Of The Moon

Goddess Of The Three-Fold Moon

Maiden, Mother, Ancient One

My Voice

Goddess Help Me Find My Voice

What I Ask Is My Choice

Your Moon charm
You can imbue a charm crystal or even herbs with the power of the full moon.

Place your chosen object in the moonlight and let it absorb the mystical rays.
To charge the object for the first time, bury it on the night of the full moon and wait for a month.
During its waning phase will cleanse the buried charm.
During the waxing phase the moon will bless the charm with lunar energy.
Collect the charm on the next full moon and bow three times in thanks.
Wash the charm in moon water by leaving a glass of water in the moonlight.

Silver objects such as coins or crystals do the best with moon charms.

Gardening By Moon

Sign Placement of the moon in the heavens through astrology is not the same as it’s physical placement through astronomy. In earlier times, farmers used a solar, lunar and astrological calendar to ensure the proper planting period for their gardens and fields. Planting

The water signs are the best for planting. When the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces are the best times. But Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn can be follow-up alternatives.  Weeding and Ploughing

When the moon moves into Aries, Gemini, Leo Sagittarius and Aquarius, remove weeds and inspect your plants for pests.

Transplanting and Grafting

Transplanting and Grafting are best done when the moon enters Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.  Pruning

Pruning is best done during Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. Try to schedule your pruning during a waxing moon to encourage growth.

Keep it clean and mended

Clean out your shed during a Virgo moon to help the work move along smoothly. Mend fences, gardening stakes and beds during a Capricorn moon.  Ect.

Avoid making decisions when the moon is in Libra

Pagan Lunar Calendars Today’s pagan calendars are typically associated with early European pagan calendar systems. And of course there are many of those as well, calendar systems were either mathematical or oral in nature.

The earliest physical example of a Celtic Calendar we have comes from the Coligny tablet. The tablet was found in a field north of Coligny Ain, France. The tablet was inscribed with Roman letters and numbers, but was written in an early language of the Gaul’s. It’s thought to have been fabricated in or about 50 A.D. or about 100-years after the Roman invasion.   The tablet provides us with some details about the structure their calendar system.

A Celtic month started during the full moon, rather than a new moon. Each month alternated 29 to 30 days, making a 354 day calendar year. The calendar took into consideration the tropical cycle as well. Which means it was a lunisolar calendar. The calendar contained 3 years of 12 months and 1 year of 13 months. The extra month was called Mid Samonios.   A month was divided into 2 parts; the light half and the dark half. Each half was approximately 2 weeks long. Some scholars believe this confirms the importance of the new moon to Celtic calendar for religious significance.

The stone also marks the festivals of Beltaine and Lughnasadh with small sigils. The festival of Oimelc is also identified and occurs during mid winter. And Samhain marks the Celtic New Year.

Oral traditions bring us 2 additional Celtic calendar systems. The Celtic Tree Calendar and the Celtic Shamans Calendar. Both of these are spoken of in ancient lore that pre-date the Coligny stone. But once again, because they are oral lore, it’s hard to establish evidence to their accuracy or be reliably sure these calendars were utilized by early pagans at all.The Celtic Shamans Calendar doesn’t really have a name or reference. Some call it the Shamans calendar simply because it has reference for use outside the Druidic order or before the Druids aligned the varying regions of Celtic belief under one roof.   The Celtic Shamans Calendar is based on the balance of time. It contains 13 months of 28 days, making a 364 day calendar year. Like the Coligny calendar, the year begins on Samhain and divided each month into 2 halves. But the months began on each New Moon and was know as the dark half. The light have ended the month after the full moon. The days began at sunset and were also divided between dark and light. The festivals were marked on time periods coinciding with an equinox, or solstice to divide the year into fertility or planting and harvest or hunting times.

Ritual

Drawing down the moon.

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings.

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Imagine that you have become a Full Moon goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Aries and Libra, the complementary energies of “me” and “we.” Aries wonders, “Who am I?” Libra wonders, “Who are you—and how can we work together?” Aries is adventurous, individualistic, and trailblazing. Through Aries we feel our existence as an independent being, capable of taking action, without needing approval or support. Libra is harmonizing, beautifying, and partnership-oriented. Its primary purpose is sharing—ideas, experiences, space—with others. Aries and Libra are opposing signs, but together they make for a balanced world. Our Libran ability to relate to others is diminished without a secure sense of our own identity. Our Aries efforts are unsuccessful when we alienate others and are uncooperative. Full Moons bring an opportunity to balance and harmonize its opposing signs. Too much Aries and we’re combative, self-absorbed, and impatient. Too much Libra and we’re indecisive, uncommitted, people-pleasing.

For the centre of this ritual, imagine that the forces of Aries and Libra come to life in their archetypal form—as the Warrior and the Goddess. As you breathe in the weakness of each of these archetypes, you will breathe out the healing strength of the other. In this way, you will reconcile and balance these energies within yourself around the globe. Your sacred work has that power. Believe in it! Find a comfortable rhythm working with the images and your breath. Repeat the statements until you feel a transformation.

Breathing in…

The warrior, angry, lonely and in fear.

Breathing out…

The goddess, soft and smiling, as the warrior

drops his club, and the two embrace.

Grounding the energy.

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take  shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the centre of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.

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Wickedywitch 4th April 2013

Wednesday turned into a planning day with not a lot done; those plans are still on the list to do pile. My daughter came round to dye my hair; I have gone for Cyber Purple, it looks good and I do love the colour, ready for the camps to start in May, Beltane, meet up with friends.  The winter has felt very long, I think we are all ready for the warmer weather to return to us.  That evening I was the speaker at the Hereford Moot doing a talk on ‘Moon Phases and its uses in magic’ I felt nervous as I’m not a speaker and though confident enough on my material actually standing up in front of a group of people to pass that information on is daunting.  The evening went very well and was as it is always at the moots very enjoyable.

Today it was back to the hospital to see the consultant regarding my knee and its recovery from the operation.  My appointment was 10:45am and it was running 2 hours late.  I eventually arrived back home just after 2pm.  The staff was running around and looked exhausted, glad I took a good book with me.

By the time I had got home, I was hungry and thirsty and the day had pretty much gone by for starting any major jobs, so a couple of small jobs done instead.

Quick watering of the vegetable plants on the window sills, they are all doing very well, my dwarf runner beans are a good 6 inches high already.  I do love seeing the veg garden in full growth.  I’m looking forward to the warmer weather when we can sit outside with a drink of wine or two, the BBQ, music playing in the background….  sigh…..

BB Wickedywitch

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